International Talk Like a Pirate Day Date in the current year: September 19, 2017

International Talk Like a Pirate Day International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLPD) is a parodic holiday celebrated on September 19. It was created by Mark Summers and John Baur in 1995 and drew international attention in 2002 thanks to the columnist Dave Barry.

Summers and Baur are two friends from the city of Albany, Oregon. They came up with the idea of the holiday on June 6, 1995 during a racquetball game. While playing, Baur and Summers encouraged each other in pirate slang. When the game was over, they realized that the slang had made it more fun. So they thought they could celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day.

They decided against observing the holiday on June 6, as it is D-Day, a remembrance day concerned with WWII. Then Summers came up with September 19, his ex-wife's birthday. This date was easy for him to remember and was not associated with any major events.

For seven years Summers and Bauer celebrated their holiday on their own. This changed in 2002, when they found a way to contact Dave Barry, a famous syndicated humor columnist. He liked the idea of the holiday and helped them promote the celebration. Talk Like a Pirate Day went international and has been growing in popularity ever since.

How to celebrate ITLPD? The answer is really obvious: by talking like a pirate! You can start with grunting “Arrr!” or greeting people with “Ahoy!”

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Unofficial Holidays

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day, parodic holiday, unofficial holiday, Mark Summers, John Baur