28th International "Talk Like a Pirate" Day

Real Estate Agent

This morning, I heard a cute pirate joke. 

Q: How did the pirate get his Jolly Roger so cheaply?
A: He bought it on sail. 

It prodded me to remind
everyone that tomorrow is the 28th 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 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.




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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Aye there matey, Arrrrrrgh. I am am getting ready even tonight just as I don't have to walk the plank. Jeff 😬

Sep 18, 2023 11:02 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - while I may not immediately recall my pirate lexicon, I appreciate the spirit you bring to this day.  And that's worth celebrating.  🏴‍☠️🦜 🏴‍☠️

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Sep 19, 2023 04:11 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Ahoy, me hearty! Nary a clue about his day but liked the way they picked the date for celebration. Bet it still brings a tear to his eye, ha, ha! Enjoy the celebration.

Sep 19, 2023 04:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Shiver me timbers! Great reminder that ye just gave.

Sep 19, 2023 04:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Myrl.... if it wasn't for you, Talk Like A Pirate Day would just pass me by. Thanks for the reminder. This way if someone speaks oddly to me today I won't think they are totally around the bend!

Sep 19, 2023 06:08 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I read yesterday that Talk Like a Pirate Day was today and of course I immediately thought of you Myrl! Enjoy me hearty!

Sep 19, 2023 10:44 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI -  Question: What has 8 legs, 8 arms, and 8 eyes? Answer: 8 pirates.

Michael Jacobs
Question: What happened when Bluebeard fell overboard in the Red Sea? Answer: He got marooned.

Wayne Martin
Question: What did the ocean say to the pirate? Answer: Nothing, it just waved.

Sep 19, 2023 01:15 PM
Michael Jacobs


Sep 19, 2023 01:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Kat PalmiottiQuestion: Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? Answer: Because they can spend years at C.

Nina Hollander, Broker
Question: How do ye turn a pirate furious? Answer: Take away the “p.”

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
Question. What did the pirate say when he became an octogenarian? Answer. Aye matey years old!

Sep 19, 2023 01:19 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Myrl Jeffcoat very cute, Myrl!

Sep 19, 2023 01:54 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Love it Myrl!!

Sep 19, 2023 03:49 PM
Kat Palmiotti

hahaha Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 19, 2023 06:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday afternoon, Myrl. Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Sep 19, 2023 02:46 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl this is a fun blog you do every year.  I could see myself as a pirate if I lived in that time.

Sep 19, 2023 04:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Myrl- I too immediately thought of you when I learned it was Talk Like a Pirate Day!!!  You have branded yourself!!!

Sep 19, 2023 07:29 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

My favorite post every year. You never  disappoint us and this was a great read, as always 😃

Sep 19, 2023 10:01 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - Blimey and Blow me down! I know that you relish this day.   I love reading the annual post.  Shiver me timbers! Yo Ho Ho - A Pirate's Life for Me!  I can't get this song out of my head from all the time I have ridden it at Disneyland. 

Sep 22, 2023 03:13 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - Love! Love! Love your Feature photo of you, Pirate Friend in the deep blue sea!

Oh, your pirate jokes are hysterical! I laughed so hard! You must continue your annual Talk Like a Pirate celebration photos. These are great! I always enjoy your humor and entertainment. 

Oct 01, 2023 05:53 PM