2014 : International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Senator Kahn Continues International Talk Like a Pirate Day in Michigan Senate

Donning a tri-corner hat and eye patch, Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) once again expressed support for swashbuckling speech by officially acknowledging International Talk Like A Pirate Day on the Senate floor yesterday.

The holiday, held every Sept. 19, is meant to honor pirates of all kinds by encouraging the public to incorporate conventional pirate phrases such as “Ahoy, matey,” “Aye, aye, captain” and “Arrrrrrrr!” into their everyday discourse.

SR 162 officially recognizes Friday as Talk Like A Pirate Day in Michigan. Kahn introduced a similar resolution last year.

For the full article, see Arrrrr! Kahn Promotes Talk Like A Pirate Day In Senate, Inside MIRS Today, September 18, 2014.

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Additional notes from last year.

Buccaneer enthusiasts will be donning their finest eye patches and throwing planks across their backyard pools for an annual cult celebration today: International Talk Like a Pirate Day, an excuse for shenanigans that comes around every September 19.

Businesses are using the holiday as an excuse for promotions. Long John Silver is giving away free whitefish if you just say “Arrr!”, and Krispy Kreme will dole out a donut to anyone yakking like a scoundrel on the high seas. Radio station DJs have promised to broadcast in pirate-ese. And Mango, a company that produces language-learning software, has put together an elaborate tutorial to help you “parley” in “perfect Pirate” for the occasion. You can even find out your pirate name using this pirate name generator.

For more information, see Katy Steinmetz, “Arrrggg You Serious? How to Truly Talk Like a Pirate”, Time Newsfeed, Sept. 18, 2013

Sara C. Nelson, “Talk Like A Pirate Day 2013: Avast Me Hearties!”, Huffington Post, September 19, 2013.

The Original Talk Like a Pirate Day

Related moments from Michigan History:

Dan Seavey – Michigan’s Only Pirate?

Pirates of the Carribean, er, Lake Michigan, Run Amok

Mark Tower, Video: Michigan Sen. Roger Kahn, Senate say aye, matey to making ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ state holiday, MLive, June 5, 2013. In addition to the video, this link provides the text of the resolution.

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