Avast, me hearties! It’s another “Talk like a pirate day” on internet land. This day is especially important to me because I contributed a tiny bit to its recognition on the internet by writing the Everything2 post about the day. For the uninitiated, Everything2 was a sort of forum crossed with a wiki (all before Wikipedia).
When I was most active on the site, over ten years ago, I was just coming to terms with the reality that I, a high schooler in the Midwestern USA, could type something into my computer and send it out to be read by dozens (thousands?) of people. I didn’t imagine that what I wrote on E2 would be available 11 years later. At the time, I was mostly thrilled that I got four “cool” votes (E2 had a voting system and you could earn reputation for articles).
So, my article remains, even though I abandoned that site years ago. Now, you’re more likely to find my ramblings here or on Twitter. Give me another ten years and I’ll be looking back at my inane tweets.
But, for today, go forth and talk like pirates, ye scurvy dogs!
Today is the day where instead of saying “hi” you should say “avast ye scurvy knave!” Today is the day when you should start every sentence with “arggg” or “yarrrr.” Today is September 19th, the official “Talk Like a Pirate Day”!
My friends and I discovered “Talk Like a Pirate Day” in a newspaper colum written by Dave Barry. Some faithful readers of his column had written Dave Barry to tell him about a holiday they had created. Being a nationally syndicated columist, Dave Barry figured that he had the power to bring this wonderful holiday to the public.
If you need a little help talking like a pirate jump over to Talking like a pirate is fun but annoys people.
Update: server time Friday, September 20, 2002 at 01:17:56
Apparently the inventor of this fine holiday was interviewed on NPR sometime this afternoon. I didn’t have the pleasure of listening to it myself, but one of my faithful pirate maties told me of it.