Did you know that today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? This ‘holiday’ was created in 1995 by two friends after one of them got hurt during a sports game and yelled out ‘arrrgh’ instead of ‘ouch’. The connection of peg legs, parrots, treasure maps, swagger, and the word ‘arrr’ with pirates comes from the book Treasure Island by Robert Stevenson. Movies made of Treasure Island, as well as other movies such as Blackbeard the Pirate, helped to popularize this image.
We hope that you have a mighty fine day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
On June 6, 1995 John Baur and Mark Summers were playing a game of racquetball. When one of them was injured they cried out ‘Arrrggg’. This gave them the idea for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Since June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day, they decided to choose another day out of respect. They chose September 19th as the day; it was the birthday of Mark Summer’s ex-wife.
Robert Newton, a n English Actor that portrayed Long John Silver in Treasure Island, and Blackbeard in Blackbeard the Pirate is thought to be the origin of the ‘pirate accent’. He used his native West Country dialect in his portrayal of both characters. This area of England has a strong seafaring and maritime heritage.