LAKE WORTH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — When Mayor Pam Triolo publicly offered a declaration about the city’s celebration of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” during a commission meeting, she and other officials thought their actions would be met with amusement from city residents.
“The City of Lake Worth is known to possess a spirit of independence, high spirits and swashbuckling, all traits of a good pirate,” the proclamation read, according to United Press International. “It’s fun to talk like a pirate by using words like ‘arrrrr,’ [sic] ‘ye’ and ‘bilge rat.'”
One former city commissioner wasn’t laughing, however.
Jo-Ann Golden fired back, denouncing the declaration as “an insult to the people of the city of Lake Worth.”
“In these times when there is so much turmoil, ignorance and killing, this effort to further dumb down our government should be rejected,” Golden was quoted as saying by the Palm Beach Post.
Golden allegedly made her comments in an email addressed to city manager Michael Bornstein, who is said to be an aficionado of all things pirate.
He was quick to respond to Golden’s comments.
“I’m so sorry you find this fun, silly proclamation anything more than that,” Bornstein reportedly said in response. “I could easily become consumed with a sense of over correctness in almost everything involved in government. However, I refuse to become devoid of all the wonderful human emotions including, most importantly, humor.”
Sept. 19 is recognized as “International Talk Like A Pirate Day” all over the globe.
The day was first marked in 1995 as something of an inside joke. It reportedly grew significantly in popularity eight years later, when the two founding Oregon residents sent a jocular notice about the previously nonexistent holiday to humor columnist Dave Barry.
He proceeded to promote the day to his readers, and a pop culture phenomenon was subsequently born.
Enthusiasts the world over now adopt the vernacular of an old salt during their conversations on Sept. 19, making liberal use of phrases such as “Ahoy, matey” and “Shiver me timbers” in the process.