Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday created in 1996 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, who sent a letter to humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002 proclaiming September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. Dave Barry, enjoying the bit, ensured the days growing success through his various media connections.
Observers of this holiday greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, matey!” as well as implementing where possible “Avast, there!” and would be expected to utilize many other phrases springing from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy between 1650 and 1720.
The holiday is also a major observance in the parody religion of Pastafarianism, whose diety is the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
If you’re looking to join in the fun, take a look at all these pirate activities happening in San Jose: Pirate Search