Ahoy, Me Hearties! This National Day sails away annually on September 19th.
Yo Ho Ho bilge rats! Today is the day where you might hear people saying, “Avast ye,” “Blow me down, Bucko,” “Grog” “Hornswaggle,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
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Anchor’s away! Get your sea legs and a bag o’ dubloons to procure a barrel o’ rum and splice the mainbrace! You can join in anytime with your own version of Pirate-ese. Want to learn more on talking like a pirate? Go to https://www.piratevoyages.com/pirate-lingo/. Use #TalkLikeAPirateDay to share on social media.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day was founded by John Baur and Mark Summers (aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy) in 1995.
A National Day of Encouragement is observed annually on September 12 in the USA, but wouldn’t it be great to do the same here in Canada? This day is dedicated to uplifting people around us and making a positive impact. The National Day of Encouragement is meant to remind all of us to do something to offer encouragement to those around us, whether it is someone at work or in our personal lives.
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Easy! Make deliberate acts of encouragement by simply providing reassurance and inspiration to people around you. You could… high five someone for a job well done or take notice when a friend is getting close to a hard-earned goal, encouraging them to keep going! How about sending a card or giving a call or text to a family member who may be struggling? Remind them how important they are to you!! Use #NationalDayofEncouragement to share on social media.
The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas launched an effort to get Americans to participate in this Day of Encouragement. The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on August 22, 2007. In September Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007, the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.
Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12 the official National Day of Encouragement in the United States. Let’s all try and share a little encouragement north of the border too!
The first Monday of every September recognizes the men and women who labour to build this country. Through a time-honored tradition with roots in the coordinated efforts of the labour movement of the 1870s, Workplace Performance Consulting salutes the Canadian (and American) workforce.
This National Day also signals the official end of summer. With the school year starting and an extra day to the weekend, all the hard-working men and women earn a well-deserved break! Families take one last summer trip and cities hold that last festival for the season.
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Labour Day is often spent as a vacation weekend by many families. Most campgrounds on this weekend are packed full as is the river in front of my house. As you celebrate this day, consider and appreciate your hard work and how it has added to the well-being and prosperity of our country. Use #LabourDay (or #LaborDay) to post on social media.
The origins of Labour Day can be traced back to April 15, 1872, when the Toronto Trades Assembly organized Canada’s first significant demonstration for worker’s rights. The aim of the demonstration was to release the 24 leaders of the Toronto Typographical Union who were imprisoned for striking to campaign for a nine-hour working day. At this time, trade unions were still illegal and striking was seen as a criminal conspiracy to disrupt trade. In spite of this, the Toronto Trades Assembly was already a significant organization and encouraged workers to form trade unions, mediated in disputes between employers and employees and signaled the mistreatment of workers.
There was enormous public support for the parade and the authorities could no longer deny the important role that the trade unions had to play in the emerging Canadian society. A few months later, a similar parade was organized in Ottawa and passed the house of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John Macdonald. Later in the day, he appeared before the gathering and promised to repeal all Canadian laws against trade unions. This happened in the same year and eventually led to the founding of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1883.
Labour Day was originally celebrated in the spring but it was moved to the fall after 1894. A similar holiday, Labor Day is held on the same day in the United States of America. Canadian trade unions are proud that this holiday was inspired by their efforts to improve workers’ rights. Many countries have a holiday to celebrate workers’ rights on or around May 1. (https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/labour-day )
My French speaking friends and colleagues often tell me that the English language is confusing. Take, for instance, these two common sayings we use in our everyday lives: “It’s a dog’s life” and “Work like a dog.”
Originally, “It’s a dog’s life” referred to a “miserably unhappy existence, as in He’s been leading a dog’s life since his wife left him. This expression was first recorded in a 16th-century manuscript and alludes to the miserable subservient existence of dogs during this era. By the 1660s there was a proverb: “It’s a dog’s life, hunger and ease.” (Dictionary.com)
Nowadays, “It’s a dogs life” refers to our uber spoiled pooches who are able to laze around and sleep all day, having no worries or issues more pressing than dinner time. I like to experience the dog’s life during fishing season – in my boat!
Now, “Work like a dog,” on the other hand, means exactly the opposite. It means working to your maximum ability for an extended length of time. I have had to do this from time to time… at work and at home! I have pictures to prove it! This is my buddy Phil and I putting a cement pad in for our garden shed. That man is a machine. I slept for two days after we were done! Note I am sweating and he is NOT!
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You can celebrate by either working very hard! Or… if you’d rather, you can simply share just how hard you work on Social Media using #NationalWorkLikeADogDay to keep folks informed. You could also search that hashtag and see how hard others are working!