International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD, takes place annually September 19. It was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon,U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. The idea was inspired by a sports injury when, During a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born and they chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
At first it was an inside joke between two friends, however the holiday gained exposure when Baur and Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. and later appeared in a cameo in their “Drunken Sailor” Sing Along A-Go-Go video. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry’s column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts related to the theme on their website.
The association of pirates with peglegs, parrots, and treasure maps, popularized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island (1883), has had a significant influence on parody pirate culture. Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated with hidden easter egg features in many games and websites, with Facebook introducing a pirate-translated version of its website on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2008 and publisher O’Reilly discounting books on the R programming language to celebrate. In September 2014, Reddit added a pirate theme to their website. English actor Robert Newton is the “patron saint” of Talk Like a Pirate Day. He specialized in portraying pirates, especially Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney film Treasure Island and the 1954 Australian film Long John Silver and the title character in the 1952 film Blackbeard the Pirate, Newton was born in Dorset and educated in Cornwall, and it was his native West Country dialect, which he used in his portrayal of Long John Silver and Blackbeard, that some contend is the origin of the standard “pirate accent”. This was parodied in the 1950s and 1960s by British comedian Tony Hancock.
The archetypal pirate word “Arrr!” (alternatively “Rrrr!” or “Yarrr!”) first appeared in fiction as early as 1934 in the film Treasure Island starring Lionel Barrymore, and was used by a character in the 1940 novel Adam Penfeather, Buccaneer by Jeffrey Farnol. However, it was Robert Newton’s use of it in the classic 1950 Disney film Treasure Island that popularized the interjection and made it widely remembered. It has been speculated that the rolling “rrr”, a distinctive element of the speech of the West Country of England, has been associated with pirates because of the West Country’s strong maritime heritage, where for many centuries fishing was the main industry (and smuggling a major unofficial one), and where there were several major ports. As a result, West Country speech in general, and Cornish speech in particular, may have been a major influence on a generalized British nautical speech. The statement “Arrr!” Is a meaningful reply, not just a grunt or mumble. In West Country parlance it means “yes and is historically common in nautical circles.
The US state of Michigan has also officially recognized the occasion. Krispy Kreme also used to give out free doughnuts to people who talk and/or dress like pirates on September 19, although As of 2017, they stopped giving out free donuts. Long John Silver’s has a similar promotion. Google Search and Facebook both have the option to choose “Pirate” as a language choice.Antivirus provider Avast has, since 2011, permitted users to select “Pirate Talk” as a language option. The option was added on International Talk Like a Pirate Day of that year. In 2006, it was described as a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster religion (Pastafarians). World of Warcraft also holds an event with special achievements for the holiday. In 2012, Minecraft also added a “Pirate Speak” language option with many humorous word choices.