Avast, me hearties - 16th Annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Myrl Jeffcoat - International Talk Like a Pirate Day

There are the old traditional holidays that folks love, and there are newer ones having their beginnings in recent years.  My personal favorite is observed today!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day, celebrated each September 19th, struck a resonate chord almost from the moment of it’s inception sixteen years ago.  It is a day to cut loose modern convention, and free your Inner Pirate!


So don’t miss out sharing this "important" day with your co-workers or fellow agents and clientele. 

International Talk Like a Pirate Day had its inception in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers from Albany, Oregon.  These two proclaimed September 19th of each year, as a day folks around the globe should drop their native lingo and talk like a pirate.

Set aside your usual greeting of "Hello” for expressions like "Ahoy, me hearty!"

Mark Summers tells the tale about how the day came about as a result of a sports injury, he suffered during a racquetball game between he and Baur.  One of them reacted to the pain with the exclamation, "Aaarrr!"


The date of the injury was actually June 6th 1995, but the two decided to chose Mark Summer's ex-wife's birthday (September 19th), for the annual celebration.  Apparently, the ex-wife had plundered Summer’s wealth during a divorce.

So on September 19th of each year, the globe talks pirate!

Usually in October, I have a Pirate Party at my house for my family.  It is to celebrate a number of family birthdays that fall during the month.  In the past I have photo-blogged them.  They have come with such themes as
“Where Pirates Go” and “My Big Fat Greek Pirate Party.”

The theme this year is “Spices.”  I have set the date, but won’t be posting it here, for fear I will have one of those Facebook episodes where a party gets announced and thousands show up:-)

For more information about this day of celebration and fun, and the proper lingo (vocabulary) to implement, you can check out the following weblinks:






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Judi Boad

Alas Matie!

A wee bit o rum 'll keep ya from bein pressured over Pirates plunderin yer spices...


Arrrg, that be fun!

Sep 19, 2011 08:08 AM #9
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Myrl, I remember reading your blog last year about International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  I am looking forward to seeing your pictures of your Pirate Party. You always seem to have so much fun! 

Sep 19, 2011 08:52 AM #10
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Myrl, what a fun day to twist around your greetings to everyone. I can imagine all the second looks you get. Great illustration too.

Sep 19, 2011 09:00 AM #11
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Myrl, your party sounds like a blast! My kids enjoy "talk like a pirate day" and my son even has an app on his phone that converts his texts to pirate lingo!

Sep 19, 2011 11:18 AM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Aye Richard - Captain Morgan helps loosen the tongue so pirate lingo flows more freely!

Judi - Me spices are booty on the treasured cask. . .Just unplug the bung hole:-)

Sandy - Fun is a transient voyage with treasured memories.

Sep 19, 2011 01:30 PM #13
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Gary - On this special day, I am surrounded by pirates.  They shed their year round threads, and it becomes "Pirates Gone Wild." 

Erika - That has got to be a popular app today!  Love it - Pirates got apps!  Who knew!

Sep 19, 2011 01:34 PM #14
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional


"Hi merl, I wish t' send you congratulations on your very special day. You be t' best pirate that I know and I be delighted t' know you. Thank you so much for callin' attention t' this postin' because I know how special it be t' you. You be t' pirate in all o' ActiveRain."

Pirate Day

Sep 19, 2011 02:06 PM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

William - The "Pirate in all o' ActiveRain."  Now that's a lofty role fer shur!  I'll take it. . .I'll take it!  The day was drawing nye.  I feared you miss it:-)

Sep 19, 2011 02:40 PM #16
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I was proud to say I got my pirate badge on four square today while out an about. 


Sep 19, 2011 07:21 PM #17
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, The pirate language translator didn't seem to be working as well as I recalled from past experiences. There were changes that prevented copy and paste and did not allow for edits and the words just didn't seem to have the punch of previous times. Arrrg !

Sep 20, 2011 02:47 AM #18
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Myrl, so glad I stopped by or I would have missed it !

Sep 20, 2011 05:38 AM #19
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Interesting. I've never heard of Pirate Day, so I appreciate you sharing the story of how it came about. Now I have to look up who Mark Summers is. :-)

Sep 20, 2011 08:41 AM #20
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Myrl  Sorry I missed it, But I'm not sure (actually I'm certain)  I would do a losy jobe - hope your party and day eas a success

Sep 20, 2011 11:02 AM #21
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

It's a good thing I didn't know that yesterday was International Talk Like A Pirate Day because I would have been talking like a pirate all day, which might have resulted in a divorce.... lol

Sep 20, 2011 12:36 PM #22
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

You are, BY FAR, the loveliest pirate that I have EVER seen! G'night mate!

Sep 20, 2011 03:41 PM #23
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Myrl, What fun!  Sorry I missed it!  You look great as a pirate!  Halloween will bring the little pirates out - a favorite costume around here as I'm sure it is everywhere.


Sep 20, 2011 06:39 PM #24
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Many of us should implement this event for the coming years in our communities.  Thanks for sharing.

Have an outstanding day and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture those special moments.

 Life is good!

Longwood Gardens Photograph by Roy Kelley.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Sep 21, 2011 12:35 AM #25
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Well, shiver me timbers I missed the damn day. Darn!!

Sep 23, 2011 03:33 AM #26
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Arrrh, Elizabeth. . .Having your timbers shiver isn't always a bad thing:-)

William - I had noticed some difference to the translator this year too. . .Alas, I fear the pirates are drunk on grog!

Janice - Do not miss International Talk Like a Pirate Day, or ye may need to walk the plank:-(

Sep 23, 2011 04:15 AM #27
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Avast Myrl - We had a Pirate Party in Port Canaveral but I missed it! Oh well, I guess I'll have to go down to the local watering hole and look for a treasure map :-)

Sep 26, 2011 06:28 AM #28
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