Ahoy there, mateys! Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This holiday, celebrated every Sept. 19, began as a joke between friends John Baur and Mark Summers during a racquetball game in 1995 and has since grown to international recognition thanks to a column by humorist Dave Barry in 2002 and the viral effect of mentions online.
The official "Talk Like a Pirate Day" website, www.talklikeapirate.com, is a treasure chest full of golden nuggets of pirate wisdom, frequently asked questions about pirates (including "Is it 'Arrrrrrr,' 'Yarrrrr,' 'Yarrrrgh' or what?" and "What does 'savvy' mean?) and a list of pirate-themed parties around the planet held in honor of this day.