Official Spokesman for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

A tattered Jolly Roger flag blows in the wind on a "pirate" ship call "Pirata" off the Coast of Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.

A tattered Jolly Roger flag blows in the wind on a “pirate” ship call “Pirata” off the Coast of Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.

Arrgh! It’s Talk Like Pirate Day.

Catherine Sherman

The Club Women of Napa County placed this memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson on Mt. St. Helena near the site of a cabin where Stevenson honeymooned with his new bride, Fanny.  It's a two-mile round trip hike from the parking lot. The Club Women of Napa County placed this memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson on Mt. St. Helena near the site of a cabin where Stevenson honeymooned with his new bride, Fanny. It’s a two-mile round trip hike from the parking lot.

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is a California state park, located in Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties. The park offers a 5-mile hike to the summit of Mount Saint Helena from which much of the Bay Area can be seen.  I didn't make it to the top. Not in my shoes. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is a California state park, located in Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties. The park offers a 5-mile hike to the summit of Mount Saint Helena from which much of the Bay Area can be seen. I didn’t make it to the top. Not in my shoes.

Nineteenth century writer Robert Louis Stevenson has done as much as anyone for popularizing Pirate Lingo so, of course, he’s my choice for spokesman for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on September 19. There’s a lot of pirate talk and bravado in Stevenson’s book, “Treasure Island.”

Stevenson was from Scotland, but he traveled widely and spent some time in…

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  1. I have the impression that Stevenson, like Longfellow, has fallen out of fashion these days. In high school in the 1960s we read his excellent essay “Aes Triplex”:

    http://www.online-literature.com/stevenson/essays-of-stevenson/3/

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