Today, September 19th, is "Talk Like a Pirate Day" -- but while it's all fun and games for most, do you know even know the history of the day?
"Talk Like a Pirate Day" began in 1883 when Adolphus Alcott Chamberlain, a world-renowned stage actor and president of the Emmett Lee Dickinson International Society (a precursor to the Dickinson Organization of Poetry Enthusiasts), created a week's worth of "Talk Like" days in honor of Emmett Lee Dickinson and his poetry. The first day of the week-long event was "Talk Like a Pirate Day," inspired by Dickinson's poem "On this wondrous sea – sailing gallantly" (below on the left). Dickinson's poem motivated third cousin Emily to pen her poem "On this wondrous sea - sailing silently" (below on the right).
Pictured at the right: World famous stage actor Adolphus Alcott Chamberlain, a past president of the Emmett Lee Dickinson International Society and the creator of "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (and other "Talk Like" days).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
On this wondrous sea – sailing gallantly –
Ho! Pirate! Ho!
Knowest thou the talk
Where the clippers dock
Where me Hearties walk?
In the lookout Nest
Blimey – the sails are vast –
Our schooner’s fast.
Jack tar I’m pirate-y
Land! Ho! Ahoy Matey!
By Emily Dickinson:
On this wondrous sea - sailing silently -
Ho! Pilot! Ho!
Knowest thou the shore
Where no breakers roar -
Where the storm is o'er?
In the silent West
Many - the sails at rest -
Then anchors fast.
Thither I pilot thee -
Land! Ho! Eternity!
Ashore at last!
Below: All of the various days in Adolphus Alcott Chamberlain's week-long series of "Talk Like" days:
September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 20: Talk Like a Pilot Day
September 21: Talk About Pyrite Day
September 22: Talk Like a Private Day
September 23: Talk LIke a Psychic Day
September 24: Tallk Like a Parrot Day
September 25: Talk Like a Parent Day