Talk Like a Pirate Day
With summer quickly coming to an end, it can only mean one thing. We’re just a few steps closer to Halloween! One of our all time favorite Halloween get-ups has to be the pirate costume. Pirates are the coolest. They speak with accents, eat and drink all day and travel the open seas to exotic destinations. But here’s the thing, you shouldn’t have to wait until Halloween to dress up like a pirate. If you love pirates as much as we do, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to live out your pirate dreams on September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Yes, International Talk Like A Pirate Day is an actual holiday and it’s been around for quite some time. It was started by two good friends, John Baur and Mark Summers, on June 6, 1995. One day, they were playing racquetball, and began speaking in pirate lingo just for fun. After a while, they realized talking like a pirate made the sport of racquetball much more interesting.
They had a blast and decided they must make the day an actual holiday. They also realized that they must change the date from June 6 to another day, as that day was D-Day, a very important World War II holiday. Mark had a light bulb moment and suggested they use his ex-wife’s birthday, September 19 as the official day.
From there, the duo would continue to celebrate year after year. Nothing much came of the holiday, until one fateful event took place. John emailed national syndicated columnist, Dave Barry, and told them about their special day. Dave immediately took a liking to it, wrote up a column on the guys, and the rest is history.
If you truly want to embody the spirit of a pirate, you must act, think and talk like a pirate. We’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of the most-used pirate phrases. They’ll come in handy later on!
- Ahoy Matey: What’s up friend? Hello.
- Aye: Yes, I would love it. Yes, I like it. Pretty much in agreement.
- Avast: Something you must stop and pay attention to. Look at this!
- Argh: Frustrated. Not in agreement.
- Smartly: Do it quickly!
Be sure to put your pirate lingo to good use. There are many pirate events taking place around the nation. Check out www.talklikeapirate.com to find out about any pirate events taking place near you.
Of course we couldn’t let this fun day go by without putting together some activities of our own. In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, we’ve got some fun promotions taking place. Check them out!
- Treasure Chest Giveaway: Saturday, Sept 19 & Friday, Sept 25, 10am to 6 pm
You’ll have the chance to win up to $1,000 in FanPlay®. Now that’s quite a lot of booty! Earn 250 tier points to receive a key voucher. You must register at the Fan Club® prior to play. Limit 3 earned keys per person. See the Fan Club for official rules.
- Talk Like a Pirate Day Bonus: Saturday, Sept 19
Receive $5 in FanPlay when you tell us your favorite pirate phrase in your best pirate voice. Visit the Fan Club to redeem offer.
Talk Like A Pirate Day will be here before you know it. So start practicing your lingo and come in to do some gaming. You just might win your very own treasure.