27th International "Talk Like a Pirate Day"

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This morning I heard a cute pirate joke - What do pirates call Noah's boat? The Arrrrrck.

It prodded me to remind everyone that tomorrow is the 27th Annual “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Myrl Jeffcoat - 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 our pirate party adventures.  They came with such themes as “Where Pirates Go” and “My Big Fat Greek Pirate Party.”

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:


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Comments (17)

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

it's been fun following you on the Pirate Stories Myrl!  Makes me smile every time you write about it.  And hey, I learned a little more today from you!

Sep 18, 2022 01:10 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl, arrrrr matey thank you for the reminder of "Talk Like A Pirate Day"!!!

Sep 18, 2022 02:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Myrl- guess who came to mind when I read this morning earlier about Talk Like a Pirate Day!!! Are you making anything special to celebrate the day???

Sep 18, 2022 02:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl Jeffcoat  when I hear or see anything Pirate related your name comes to mind immediately, Endre

Sep 18, 2022 02:57 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

"Ahoy, me hearty!" I can't wait to find out how you celebrate September 18th. I have always enjoyed reading your Pirate posts! Today, you educated me. Tomorrow I'll be thinking of you and your inner child as you celebrate a day that is sure to be fun!

Thanks, Myrl Jeffcoat

Sep 18, 2022 03:33 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - I'm glad my post provided you something new to learn.🦜

George Souto - I certainly wouldn't wish you to miss it!🏴‍☠️

Kathy Streib - I'm not hosting a pirate party this year, but my granddaughter's birthday party last month had a pirate theme. Tomorrow, I will likely watch Pirates of the Caribbean, one more time.🦜

Sep 18, 2022 04:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Endre Barath, Jr. - I'm getting ready for an upcoming surgery in a couple weeks.  Kaiser had me complete an Advanced Directive.  I was asked about my final wishes for burial, etc.  I explained, I wanted to be cremated, and have my ashes cast on warm waters, on the very next Talk Like a Pirate Day.🏴‍☠️

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Like I mentioned in my response to Kathy's comment, I won't be hosting a pirate party this year.  But, my granddaughter's birthday party last month had a pirate theme.🦜

Sep 18, 2022 04:17 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - perhaps a trip to Pittsburgh PA to see the Pirates play is a part of your plan for partying tomorrow.  Whatever the activity, raise a flag and have a hearty good time.  

Sep 18, 2022 05:04 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl... I speak a number of languages, but pirate is not one of them! :))) Enjoy the day!

Sep 19, 2022 04:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Ahoy! Love the photo and thank you for the reminder that this is the day to talk pirate. I'm not too good at it, but at least I can say "ahoy me matey" to the hubby.

Sep 19, 2022 05:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for telling us about this special day.

Have an outstanding week.

Sep 19, 2022 11:47 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Michael Jacobs - I had a rather quiet Pirate Day.  Sacramento is receiving first rain since June 15th.  It is meager, but still welcome.  I've been hunkered down watching the Queen's funeral.  And, think it is wonderful that her burial came on International Talk Like a Pirate Day.🏴‍☠️ 

Nina Hollander, Broker Perhaps one day, DuoLingo will offer "Pirate" as one of their languages.  I think I'll suggest it to them.🦜 

Kat Palmiotti A few special pirate words can make all the difference.🏴‍☠️ 

Roy Kelley You're very welcome.🦜

Sep 19, 2022 04:26 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I look forward to this yearly tradition on your blog. Thank you for sharing Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 22, 2022 10:19 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

Well I missed this special day once again! But it was fun to read about it.


Sep 25, 2022 10:21 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Well I missed it Myrl anyway->

eye eye maatey lol

Great photo... and who would have known there was a day designated to talk like a pirate?

Thanks for sharing



Sep 27, 2022 01:54 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

How is retirement by the way? I am playing with the idea Myrl  🙂

Sep 27, 2022 10:09 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I learned something new about "Talk Like A Pirate Day."  I am sure you were a pirate in your previous life!  Haha!

Oct 01, 2022 01:24 PM