So, it’s almost International Talk Like a Pirate Day, aye! 19th September is a day where we should all be talking like pirates apparently, savvy? Some people ask ‘Why talk like a pirate?’ Why not? If you were to ask the pirate guys from talk like a pirate They would tell you that talking like a pirate is fun. It’s really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your everyday conversation. Do you need another reason?
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the only holiday on the calendar that encourages people to babble like buccaneers for the sheer, anarchic fun of it. It’s been celebrated by millions of people on all seven continents – yes, even at the South Pole – and on the International Space Station!
So, how did all of this get started? The holiday was the brainchild (if that’s the right word) of John Baur and Mark Summers, two friends from Albany, Ore., who were playing racquetball when, for reasons that aren’t clear to either of them now, they started insulting each other in pirate jargon. They decided to start Talk Like a Pirate Day and picked September 19th because it is Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday. The date was stuck in his head and he wasn’t doing anything with it anymore, so it would be easy to remember, Summers said.
From such unlikely seeds was born an international sensation. The two friends – who now go by the pirate personas of Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy – have swashed their buckles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Puget Sound, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Philadelphia. They’ve performed at a glamorous Las Vegas resort, at libraries, bookstores, museums, schools, and at several seedy bars.
As you are reading this you might be scratching your head wondering, why do I care about this? First, who doesn’t want to talk like a pirate? Second, this is your chance to snag some free books! The first book I ever wrote is about a swashbuckling, sword fighting bear named Lorenzo. Every year I share free copies of my book with all of those who are true pirates at heart. This year, I will also be hosting an online book party for the release of my latest Lorenzo book that a classroom of second and third graders helped to write. The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear Trip to the Arctic Frontier.
Be sure to stop by my Facebook page, Author Carmela Dutra to see how you can win signed copies. There will also be free printable activities for the kids, and make your own pirate hats! In the mean time, take a look at the list below and in the comments share with all of us your pirate name.
Have a great tide Ya landlubber