Sep 14th, 2010
This Post is Rated “Arrrrr…”
Avast there, matey! September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day. So this Sunday when the bored girl at the fast-food drive-thru asks what drink you want with your #8 combo, be sure to brighten her day by growling out for “one noggin of ye’ finest rum.” She also may very well call security (it’s hard to tell how people will react), but that’s all part of the fun. You’re a pirate, after all. And on Talk Like A Pirate Day you’re not fearful of the landlubber’s laws and mores.
It’s hard to understand how this holiday has gained so much traction, when equally worthy celebrations such as Stand In Line Like DMV Customer Day and Comb Your Hair Like A Cocker Spaniel Day go virtually unobserved (except in my house … and wherever I take the occasions, like to fast-food joints).
As urban legend would have it, Talk Like A Pirate was first inspired by two men in Oregon who were playing racquetball. One got hurt and screamed out, “Arrrrrr” (to the amusement of both). And from there, it steam-rolled to humorist Dave Berry who spread the word in his newspaper column.
Naturally, as well as talking the talk, you have to walk the walk (and dress the part). That’s where CafePress comes in handy, with Pirate gear galore. So have some fun, and a-pirating we go.