25th Annual "Talk Like a Pirate Day"

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565


This is such an unusual year. Thus far, we have seen many of our favored holidays come and go, without fanfare in the company of family and friends.
This morning I realized this is the 25th Annual “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

For my family, “International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” celebrated each September 19th, has struck a resonate chord almost from the moment of its inception years ago.  It is a day we have cut loose modern convention, and freed our Inner Pirate!

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.”

Alas, 2020 is a pandemic year, so, my family which in past years has gathered, dressed up in our pirate couture, and cooked up appropriate pirate dishes, will be missed. However, on the blessed horizon, there is next year!

So, don’t miss out sharing this "important" day with your family, friends and co-workers.

For a little International Talk Like a Pirate Day history, its inception began 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 choose 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!

I should point out, however, the actual “pirate lexicon” should be, “Yar” – not “Aaarrr,” as John Baur uttered. It seems Hollywood got it all wrong in one of their movies, and it’s been perpetuated incorrectly since.

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



Comments (22)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Yes, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a fun day!  I wish my family could observe it better this year!

Sharon Lee - Yes, there will be next year!  Had I been on my game, I would have likely organized a family pirate Zoom party.  But, it just wouldn't have been the same!

Sep 19, 2020 09:14 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat you make an adorable pirate.... and I'll bet the big fat greek pirate party was yummy.....

Sep 19, 2020 09:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Myrl Sounds like a fun time but you are always fun to learn more about.


Sep 19, 2020 09:22 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Barbara Todaro - Yes, the Greek themed one was a lot of fun.  We cooked up traditional Greek dishes, along with a Tortuga (turtle).  The recipe for the tortuga is available at this link: https://activerain.com/blogsview/1919094/my-big-fat-greek-pirate-party-and-1-bad-ass-tortuga

Will Hamm - Yes, there have been some really fun times logged during our pirate parties.  There will be more in the future!


Sep 19, 2020 09:27 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Myrl, YOu are one happy pirate on this photo! What an unusual day, which I did not know about! 

Sep 19, 2020 09:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Myrl, This is. very yar post!  And I love your photo in pirate mode.  Happy Saturday.  A

Sep 19, 2020 09:59 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

In my radio announcer days, this was always a fun day inviting wanna-be-pirates to share their best pirate impersonations. 

Sep 19, 2020 12:06 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Has it been a year already. I remember this from last year

Happy Saturday Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 19, 2020 01:55 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ahoy Matey!   I do remember your Talk Like a Pirate Day posts and I know that next year, we'll get the post AND a picture of the great meal that you'll prepare. (I look forward to that)

Sep 19, 2020 02:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat Matey!  Your post is the only thing I've heard about Talk like a Pirate day.  Love your photo!   I think you're spot on - 2020 has been a wacky year and nobody remembered.  I was out and about today and not ONE person talked or dressed like a prirate.  There used to be a lot of folks playing along - at least a little bit.

Sep 19, 2020 04:04 PM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Ahoy, Me Hearties! Sounds like a fun time.....be safe

Sep 20, 2020 01:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Treasure your fond memories and hope for better times next year.

Sep 20, 2020 03:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... I've heard of this day, but never really paid attention. Love how you and your family embraced the concept. Also love the your "pirate" picture. Very becoming.

Sep 20, 2020 04:56 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You look good as a pirate!  I remember when Sharon Tara made me a pirate costume for Halloween, haha.

Sep 20, 2020 07:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I really enjoyed your past posts about celebrating Pirates Day with your family. It has been a whacky year! Here in Flower Mound, many restaurants now have signs saying "You can now dine-in." But sadly, some churches still remain closed. So, I thought to myself, what's to stop a group of people going into the diner and reserving several tables to dine and pray? Would the owner who has been deprived of customer and business say no???

I love the idea about celebrating Pirates Day. Here's a joke for you:

Q: Why is pirating so addictive?
A: They say once ye lose yer first hand, ye get hooked!

Q: How do pirates know that they are pirates?
A: They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!


Sep 20, 2020 08:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - by the way, I really appreciated learning about the history of "Talk like a Pirate," and seeing you in your dress costume too! You make a GREAT Pirate and storyteller too!!!

Sep 20, 2020 08:42 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl,
Darn. It looks like I missed it! 

Sep 20, 2020 10:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Yar,  Myrl.  Yar.  


Sep 20, 2020 02:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Myrl,  Thank you for sharing this delightful post - but alas, Matey - yar - things be look-n brighter fer yer future.

Sep 20, 2020 04:26 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Always fun to be reminded of this holiday. I've done Wordless Wednesday in the past with pics of my pirate dressed grandchildren.

Sep 20, 2020 06:31 PM