Today is Talk Life A Pirate Day. At this time in 2008, I was in Las Vegas at BlogWorld at where else? – a pirate party.
This year you can purchase a pirate iPad theme. And, check out these new stills from Pirates of the Carribean 4 with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. Or, get in touch with your inner pirate profile. Can’t get enough? Set your Facebook language to Pirate.
Google walked the plank with a pirate based page. Will that happen again this year?
Looking for a way celebrate? Here’s the complete list of every pirate movie ever made.
Lionel Barrymore is the first believed to have used the “arrrgh” in the first film of Treasure Island from 1934 in an iconic version of Billy Bones. In fact, many believe Barrymore created the first archetype of pirate speak. Actor Robert Newton, who portrayed Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney film Treasure Island and then in the 1954 film Long John Silver, is described as the “patron saint” of Talk Like A Pirate Day. Newton was a native of Dorset, and it was his native West Country dialect, which he used in his portrayal of Long John Silver and Blackbeard, that has become the standard “pirate accent”.
Can you say ARRRRRGH?
All pirate talking aside, this holiday is a great example of a celebration that sprung up as a inside joke into an international celebration.
Here’s Wikipedia’s take on Talk Like a Pirate Day . . .
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or trademarking, in effect opening the holiday for creativity and “viral” growth.
Today you can walk the plank and talk like a pirate . . . or you can research the history of navigation and sea, When you look at a story GPS, what holiday direction would you follow?
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