International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Event: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Participants: John Baur & Mark Summers
Date(s): September 19th
Type: Fan Holiday
Fandom: Pirate
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International Talk Like a Pirate Day was first conceived by John Baur & Mark Summers in 1995. While originating during a game of racquetball between the two, it came to popularity in 2002 when it was featured by Dave Barry in a syndicated column. The day is celebrated, as the name implies, by speaking in "pirate slang" throughout the day. Some fans also engage in other festivities such as cosplay and pirate movie watching parties.


Filk performer and composer Tom Smith has written two songs inspired by the holiday. "Talk Like A Pirate Day" has become the event's official anthem, with the blessing of Baur and Summers. Additionally, "Hey, It's Can(n)on" arises from a reference citing the birthday of Hermione Granger as Sept. 19, thereby allowing Smith to cross Harry Potter fandom with the piratical theme.