Let me see…running around on the deck violating laws…ruining lives…chasing treasure that isn’t always what it seems…I must referring to Talk Like A Pirate Day. Not investment banks…Aaarrgh.

I may not be all that consistent about many things, but let past history be your judge, yer scoundrels!
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2007
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2006
Talk Like A Pirate Day: September 19, 2005

You can thank Dave Barry of the Miami Herald for getting the tradition going.

Here’s the story behind the madness of Talk Like A Pirate Day.

>the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.

Even Word-a-day got into the spirit.

The original site is Talklikeapirate.com but my friend runs the third ranked site called Talklikeapirateday.com after the second ranked Yarr.org.uk site in England.

Imagine legions of people googling “Talk Like A Pirate” for this holiday every year. The traffic is insanely high to these sites once a year.

This phenomenon reminds me of the immortal words (paraphrased from memory) of Guy Kawasaki, one of the early software evangelists at Apple.

> Millions interacting with people they don’t know; about topics
they don’t understand; for reasons they can’t explain.

Makes perfect sense to me. Arrrrgh!

Ok, it’s gettin’ late – I’ll soon address the SEC issue on short selling and the rumors of a new and improved RTC with a Johnny Depp-like delivery.

UPDATE: Number one search phrase on Google today “Talk Like A Pirate Day” and this Matrix post is the first blog mentioned. Arrrgh.


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  2. Alin September 19, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Arrrrrgh! Damn pirates!

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    […] at The Matrix has put aside his concerns over the nation’s economy and real estate woes to post like a pirate. Stop by and add some colorful pirate-y comments to his story. […]

  4. Old Salty Dog September 19, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Aye, I can see by the cut o’ yer jib that ye truly be in the Pirate Day spirit! Argh.

  5. Cap'n Beso September 19, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Arrrgh ye be waitin’ fer this day fer some time now me friend. Lissen up and lissen good – the clock be tickin’ and the sand is runnin’ out – and soon enuff yer have to be gettin’ back to the landlubber ways so enjoy today, all of ya barnacles out there. ARrrgh.

  6. Cap'n Beso September 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Aye me friend, ye be waitin’ fer today fer some time now an’ the clock be tickin’ – the sand it runnin’ out – an’ soon ye be turnin’ back to yer landlubber ways. So hurry an’ get yeself to the nearest pub, pinch a wench and down some fine ale – ye be feelin’ like a young schooner with ne’er a barnacle on ‘er. Enjoy me fella scalliwags! Arrrgh

  7. Edd C Gillespie September 19, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Arrrrgh! Paulson blockaded the plank fer Pirates Day. He’s been drinkin’ though till he’s tipsy. Said the housing market dumped Wall Street in the drink. Arrrrgh!

  8. Jonathan J. Miller September 19, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Cox at the SEC will be keelhauled by short-sellers…arrrrrgh!

  9. Danny September 19, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    In celebration of national Talk Like a Pirate Day we’re featuring our Teefury bird pirate edition as our shirt of the day.
    Check it out at http://www.teefury.com

  10. Edd C Gillespie September 19, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Cox at the SEC will be keelhauled by short-sellers…arrrrrgh!

    Mutiny boys! Mutiny! Law of the high seas is “Big fish eat little fish.” I’m no longer a little fish.

  11. Michael Daly September 19, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Shiver me timbers!
    Tenk God dis whale o’ a week is over!
    Time fer a little lass an a lot o’ whiskey!

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