Wikipedia states that the organizers of the event, John Baur (pirate name Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (pirate name Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, OR, came up with the holiday after a sports injury. One of them injured themselves during a racquetball game and exclaimed "Aaarrr!" (as opposed to the more tradition expletive), and the day was born.
To be honest, it was "sort of born." That game took place on June 6th, 1995, and (probably with still further snarkiness) the pair said that they delayed the actual observance until later that year, out of respect for D-Day (June 6, 1944, right?). Instead, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as, try as he might, it would be hard for him to forget that date.
With the proliferation of smartphones and smartphone apps, how does a BlackBeard wanna-be celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2012? Well, you're in luck. In the App Store, for you iDevice owners, there's the app Talk Like A Pirate. We expect it will have a spike of purchases on September 19.
There is also the free Pirates of Black Cove: 1001 Pirate Jokes app.
In the Android Market, there is the (low-rated) Pirate Jokes app. It seems that the low rating is because the app is really not that funny.
There is also the Pirate Speak for Land Lubbers app, $0.99. There is also a free Pirate Talk soundboard. For those not familiar with them, soundboard apps are simply a recollection of sounds, phrases, and such from movies, music, video games, and more, which are all easily accessible from a GUI.
For those without a smartphone, but with a cell phone, why not SMS like a Pirate on International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2012 (naturally you could SMS from a smartphone, too). Here are a few examples, of SMS-pirate-speak that could be used as Pirate talk:
- SMT - Shiver me timbers!
- R - Aaaarrr (easily confused, however, with "r" as used for "are")
- AVH - Avast, me hearties
- BDTH - Batten down the hatches
- LL - Landlubber
- SOBE - Son of a Biscuit Eater