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What exactly is Pig Latin, is it a language? And how is it a mystery?

Pig Latin - what is it exactly?

What language do these words come from: ouch-cay, appy-hay, and ender-tay?

If you guessed Pig Latin, you’re correct. 

Pig Latin is not actually a language but a language game that children (and some adults) use to speak “in code.” Pig Latin words are formed by altering words in English.

Here’s how it works: First, pick any English word. We’ll use “dictionary.” Next, move the first consonant or consonant cluster to the end of the word: “ictionary-d.” Now add “ay” to the end of the word: “ictionary-day.” That’s all there is to it; you’ve formed a word in Pig Latin.

We don’t know for certain how Pig Latin got its name, though we do know that the game has nothing to do with Latin. That’s an intentional misnomer.  There is a mention of it in an article published in a magazine in the late nineteenth century. And, supposedly, Thomas Jefferson composed letters in Pig Latin.

Another enigma is the “pig.” No one seems to know why it’s a pig, rather than a squid or a zedonk.

A handful of Pig Latin words are now an accepted part of English slang, such as “ixnay” and “amscray.” (“Nix” and “scram.”)

Other languages have jargons similar to Pig Latin. For example, the Swedes have Fikonspraket, which means “fig language.” The rules are different, but the effect is the same.

Back slang is another English coded language. In back slang, the written word is spoken phonemically backwards. For example, “yob” is “boy.” Back slang supposedly has its roots in the markets of Victorian England, where sellers used it to converse behind customers’ backs.

We expect you have questions about other quirks of English, codes, slangs and such. We welcome your suggestions of topics to explore.

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99 Comments

  1. ad -  July 7, 2013 - 8:52 am

    Sorry forgot about this while writing the previous.
    French = Latin + Germanic + Celtic

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  2. ad -  July 7, 2013 - 8:43 am

    You’re all wrong about where the term “Pig Latin” comes from. And it really surprises me that no one here has the answer. You’re looking for things that don’t exist, that make no sense whatsoever.

    “Pig meaning vulgair?” That’s just made up bull!
    “Pig comes from Pidgeon?” Really…

    So, let this [uneducated Dutch] guy explain it…

    Where does the American language come from? Anyone? Is it English? It must be only English right? It sounds so the same… No no no.
    Who founded America?! The English right? NO, you illiterate uneducated donkeys! ;) It was the Dutch! Yes the Dutch. There are many many many words in American that have a Dutch origin, but apparently no one these days knows about it. It’s an educational problem though, so not really your fault.

    Here it is. “Pig Latin” comes from the Dutch word “Varkens Latijn”, meaning a lie or fantasy, or something made up. The Americans at one time must have forgot or chosen a different use for the term.

    Also, in the Netherlands [where the Dutch come from], a varken [although they are VERY smart] stands synonymous for dumb, or silly. Just like we would call someone “a stupid Donkey”, or “a dumb Goose”, or “a dumb Cow”. Hmmm, apparently we Dutch like to name dumb people after animals…

    Interestingly, “Pig Latin” could very well come from the old France. Remember history? The Gaul refused to speak proper Latin, that was enforced upon them bythe Roman Empire. That’s how the French language found its origin. A mixture between Latin, English, German and Dutch. These Frenchies… :)
    So “Pig Latin” could have been first used by the Romans, describing the filthy [Pig] Latin language the Gaul spoke.

    Case closed?

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  3. Brian -  May 30, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Iway ovelay yselfmay

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  4. ig-pay atin-lay -  July 24, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    wesome-aay! (i think i did it right)

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    • danika -  May 20, 2014 - 5:07 am

      yes you did

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  5. Lilliana -  December 29, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    histay siay wesomeaay

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  6. Diane D. -  December 12, 2010 - 4:40 am

    Other code languages like -op- and -ka- sound interesting; I’ll have to try them!

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  7. Diane D. -  December 12, 2010 - 4:38 am

    @James Cook on October 5, 2010 — You wrote:
    “ey-hay, i now-kay his-tay anguage-lay!”
    No – not the first LETTER; the first SOUND, so “ow-KNay is-THay”, etc.
    I’m not sure about consonant blends like “SLeep” or “TRy”.

    @OJ on October 6, 2010 at 3:28 am
    “I have spoken pig latin since I was little, and wish to point out that it sould be done per sylable.
    Example, dictionary should not become ictionary-day, it should be (phonetically): icday-onshay-eeray”
    Interesting variation, but definitely less commonly used.
    See Curly Hair’s helpful post:

    Curly Hair on October 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    “Actually, the “pig” part is not a mystery at all – it’ s “from the perception of pigs as vulgar” (Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.). I guess some people viewed this jargon as vulgar. ….
    “@sharyn and Rachelle: Words starting with vowels, I believe, only need to have “way” or “yay” inserted at the end. So is becomes is-way or is-yay, I become I-way or I-yay, and empire becomes empire-way or empire-yay. (That’s assuming you do the whole word rather than syllable. There are some who do it by syllable. But most do it by the whole word.)”

    BTW, it’s my understanding that “pidgin” (NOT properly spelled like the bird) generally refers to any semi-intelligible (and often parodied or mocked) version of a language spoken by [uneducated] foreigners when two languages are in “street” contact, e.g. “pidgin Englsh” like “Me heap happy you come here.” or “Missee lookee pretty.”

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  8. Edtay -  December 11, 2010 - 3:52 pm

    My uncle use to claim he had a Phd in pig latin. He insisted we refer to him as Octorday Ilpha.

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  9. pretzel love -  December 11, 2010 - 2:08 pm

    what about letters that start with vowels??? like itch or elephant? what about other langueges??

    Anks-thay or-fay esonding-ray

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  10. Kimudo -  December 11, 2010 - 10:23 am

    It should be noted that it may not have originally been PIG-Latin but pidg or pigeon Latin. A Pidg/pigeon refers to a subset, mutation, morphology, or differentiation of an existing language.

    For example, a Pigeon-English might say “owsyaboudi” (‘ows-yah-boudi”), which is incomprehensible to most English speakers. However, once the phrase has been heard in context, or the translation/meaning heard even once, the message is clear: “How’s your body?” translates to “how are you?”

    Pig-Latin, while remaining obscure, might very well have originated from such a distinction that eventually became a games, stepping away from, but maintaining it’s name.

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  11. Marc -  December 11, 2010 - 8:56 am

    I’d heard thugs called Yobbos in Britain, but never made the connection. Thanks.

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  12. big-B -  December 11, 2010 - 7:57 am

    has anyone heard of king tut talk? my parents upon realizing we decoded their pig latin swiched to this code where the words seemed to always start with an “S” and ended with a ” BA” sound any hints out there?

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  13. Abby -  December 10, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    his-Tay s-iay o-say ool-cay!! I lways-aay ike-lay o-tay alk-tay ike-lay his-tay!!! MOSTLY TAY!!!

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  14. mac n cheese -  December 10, 2010 - 2:35 pm

    i-ay ave-hay a-ay ulldog-bay! He-say s-iay o-say ute-cay!!11 he-say s-iay icking-lay e-may ight-nay!!

    Ove-lay,
    Mac n cheese

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  15. Luke C -  November 20, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Is-thay is awesome!!!! Ig-Lay atin-Lay is so much fun!

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  16. Kate -  October 26, 2010 - 9:36 am

    Why does everybody think that Pig Latin’s so hard? It’s really not. It’s easy to read, too. One thing i don’t get though, what if the word starts with a vowel?

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  17. --GOD'S ANGEL LIYAH-- -  October 14, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    YEAH @Ann I know what you mean!!!! i know two words in pig-latin because someone told me them but it’s hard for me to!!!! And @Curly hair I remember tha zoom talk to!!!

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  18. #1 Skillet Fan -  October 11, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    we ave-hay ot-nay oken-spay atin-lay ince-say the igs-pay eft-lay own-tay lol :)

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  19. Lee -  October 10, 2010 - 1:47 pm

    I used to speak Pig Latin with my friends when I was a kid without knowing what it was called….I only figured out what it was when my mother tried to teach it to me later.

    To Ivor Justlost: Onay, Iay aven’thay ostlay niay oreverfay!

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  20. balasubramanian.G -  October 9, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Most of the indian mercahnts too follow this method in shops.The merchandise will bear the actual price, price range, discounts possible written in coded language in English or Urdu.The merchant decodes the markings menally and charges the prices.Thereby they bring in a sort of flexibnility where it is posible to earn the customer’s satisfaction as well.

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  21. ann -  October 8, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    so whats the pig latin for?just for a game? gee,its hard to use,..

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  22. Curly Hair -  October 7, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    http://hotword.dictionary.com/pig-latin/

    Actually, the “pig” part is not a mystery at all – it’ s “from the perception of pigs as vulgar” (Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.). I guess some people viewed this jargon as vulgar.

    I’m surprised that so many people commenting hadn’t known pig Latin before reading this. I thought it was common knowledge, something everyone knew!

    @sharyn and Rachelle: Words starting with vowels, I believe, only need to have “way” or “yay” inserted at the end. So is becomes is-way or is-yay, I become I-way or I-yay, and empire becomes empire-way or empire-yay. (That’s assuming you do the whole word rather than syllable. There are some who do it by syllable. But most do it by the whole word.)

    @Am: Yes, I do remember Zoom! I am fluent in Ubby Dubby, actually. It is quite easy once you get the hang of it. It simply rolls right off your tongue, and you don’t need to think about it. I love it.

    @Saf: I can see why. That sounds, indeed, quite creepy.

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  23. talktomebaby -  October 7, 2010 - 2:45 pm

    i love dictionary.com.

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  24. 2gud4u -  October 7, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Hay OJ you think you Could teach me big latin????

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  25. 2gud4u -  October 7, 2010 - 8:26 am

    I think pig latin is so cool to speak!! i want to learn it!!!! :-)

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  26. tooth whitener kit -  October 7, 2010 - 5:29 am

    Good effort to comparison exchange of words or mixing of words between different languages of the world.

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  27. ms.karma -  October 6, 2010 - 7:11 pm

    i on’tday nowkay hatway aldoway epperspay siay ryingtay otay aysay. erryjay einfeldsay siay ightray. aldoway siay naay theistay. ehehay! :P

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  28. **LIYAH** :-) -  October 6, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    So um Adélson can you teach me some pig latin??? lolz or anyone i’ve always wanted to know how to speak it!!! im really 4real about learning it!!! ;-) :-)

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  29. AvidReader -  October 6, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    My friends and I all spoke in Pig Latin for a day at school…
    It was all very funny until one of our teachers found out what we were saying :)

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  30. suberbian of Tokyo -  October 6, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    Have a cup of herb tea and go on a picnic. It is a clear sunny day.

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  31. pig latin, latin pig -  October 6, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    i often speak pig latin, but have may variations to speak it… some use the first sound (chair would be hairchay) others the first vowel (airchay). i remove all consonants until the vowel (airchay). for words that start with a vowel, i add -ay at the end. (iay, isay, anday, etc). what is really fun is to speak Latin pig… basically pig latin using latin words. i’m learning latin, so i have great fun in trying it out. benigne means thank you in latin, so in latin pig, it would be enignebay. there was a comment mentioned above that one reason pig latin has latin is it is because many things in latin end in the sound of ay… i find that it depends on the part of speech… nouns: not really. adjectives: nope, usually -a, -um (oom), and -us (oos)… but for many of the verbs it works, sometimes…
    iay oftenay eakspay igpay atinlay enwhay iay amay annoyeday yby eoplepay…
    avehay unfay eakingspay igpay atinlay!

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  32. Rajat Sharma -  October 6, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    amnday tiay!

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  33. Paulster -  October 6, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    There are a lot of this kind of languages in the Philippines. I know at least two that is widely used in the town where I grew up – one of them, only people from my town understand.

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  34. Silverchild -  October 6, 2010 - 11:44 am

    I don’t know if anyone cares, but in greek we have “korakistika” – it means “language of the crows” – and what we do is add “ka” after each syllable. I don’t think an example would be of any use.

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  35. FELIX -  October 6, 2010 - 11:37 am

    ool-cay. i like this language. i could get used to this. ow-way. i’m not sure about the xtra rule about long words though. have only just figured it out. why is it called pig latin? eird-way.

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  36. Saf -  October 6, 2010 - 11:14 am

    I have a very odd compulsion when reading. I read words both forward and backward (probably as a result of learning English and Farsi simultaneously when I was a little girl). If it happens to be a word I’ve never seen or one that I haven’t seen in a long time, I might read it several times both ways. It sounds interruptive, but it really doesn’t interfere with my reading or immersion.

    As a side-effect, I possess the useless skill of being able to type backwards with near-perfect accuracy at ~60wpm. I always thought I’d be able to apply this toward some kind of fluent private language (Ital-nay ip-Gay?), but nothing ever came to fruition. So far it has only succeeded in creeping people out.

    ~Saf

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  37. Rachelle -  October 6, 2010 - 11:02 am

    1 problem, dic.com- you forgot to mention what you do when the word starts with a vowel…

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  38. israel luna -  October 6, 2010 - 11:01 am

    lol

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  39. Kittrie -  October 6, 2010 - 10:52 am

    So ebay is really pig latin for “be” LOL just kidding!

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  40. erasmus -  October 6, 2010 - 10:38 am

    what does fapping mean?

    -Erasmus

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  41. daniel -  October 6, 2010 - 10:33 am

    i really appreciate dictionary.com it is increasing my knowledge day by day
    thank you

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  42. Tanglia -  October 6, 2010 - 9:43 am

    I thought there was a different way to treat longer words or am I not remembering correctly?

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  43. louis paiz -  October 6, 2010 - 9:34 am

    i love languages and notice that if any one reads words backwards or forwards or scramble the letters mos of the time you find out what the word is not matter what foreign language is trying to understain

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  44. Mary Anderson -  October 6, 2010 - 9:33 am

    Check out `We’re in the Money’ with Ginger Rogers on YouTube; she sings the song _ a very interesting topical song about the Depression _ in Pig Latin toward the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJOjTNuuEVw

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  45. Elaine -  October 6, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Love everything about your site. Wish, though, you’d put the date when written by the examples cited from books.

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  46. cosmosis -  October 6, 2010 - 9:15 am

    utway usway atthay ufstay ithway “onay eekingspy igpay atinla”ebausca ofa iltersfay?…utway ethay ucfay?..oopsay!…oreesay. This is the way I learned to speak this “language”..it seems that it’s much easier to speak than write..as the sounds translate and flow much better.I can see tho that there a many different dialects and spelling rules.I’m originally from the Maine coast,where I was schooled in this The cadance you pick up when your conversing with yer chums,the constant what?..what was that? from the “adults” who were our “bosses” was the way my brothers and sisters and I got one up on them….till alas,I became my own worst enemy…an adult!…oway isa emay!!!!!!!!!

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  47. Stephen Cooper -  October 6, 2010 - 9:01 am

    One “language that isn’t mentioned here is another one called openglopish. It came from the Pogo cartoon strip, IIRC, and it is formed by putting op in front of every vowel in the word.

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  48. tom -  October 6, 2010 - 9:00 am

    We used to speak pig latin often and fluently. One thing escapes my memory, however, and you didn’t cover in your rules for forming words … what is the formative rule when the word begins with a single or multiple vowels? I think we would just say the regular word followed by “ay” … so you’re left with after-ay or outside-ay. Parents / teachers could might pick up on individual words, but the rapid-fire “ay’s” would throw them off comprehending.

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  49. IGPAY ATINLAY | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  October 6, 2010 - 8:54 am

    [...] Passages in Latin — Et cum Spirit 220 — The Pope’s phone number in Madhattan — Altar boy humor — where did the Dominoes go? — We ain’t even got duh English down — nor the punctuating itshay — We’ll oggdayoddday visceral deveryapay so onglay as we can akefay an ingthay or two with ashday few without stakesmay to eministsfay — hapmayday. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme Gibberish [...]

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  50. Wouldntyou lyk2know -  October 6, 2010 - 8:42 am

    LOL pig-latin..yea..its like once in a blue moon when i hear ppl spk it.
    I tried it once when i was lil’ but gave up cuz i found it hard.
    Especially for a kid who was just starting to learn English. lol *Flashback* ;)

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  51. Waldo Pepper -  October 6, 2010 - 8:18 am

    Funny how the religious fanatics only post on a topic in which they can force feed their ignorant beliefs down our throats. None of them have anything enlightening to say about the topic of pig latin? What if it was believed that Jesus called himself Esus-Jay and bragged day and night about how his favorite book was The Avinci-Day Ode-Cay? Then would they all amass onto the forum and rant and rave that it’s just not true because..well..because the bible says it’s not true. Even though I’m sure the bible makes no mention of Esus-Jay reading The Avinci-Day Ode-Cay, though I’m sure he would have if they had had access to a Borders or a Barnes and Noble.

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  52. **LIYAH** :-) -  October 6, 2010 - 8:11 am

    I KNOW ABOUT IT AND CAN ONLY SAY A FEW WORDS IN IT BUT I REALLY DON’T KNOW IT KNOW LIKE THAT THOUGH!! I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN IT!;-)♥♥
    –LIYAH–

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  53. Adélson -  October 6, 2010 - 8:09 am

    It’s eally-ray uper-say!!!

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  54. Madison -  October 6, 2010 - 7:58 am

    What the heck.

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  55. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  October 6, 2010 - 7:48 am

    “Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
    Nor any unproportion’d thought his act.
    Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.”
    from HAMLET ACT 1 SCENCE 3.

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  56. Clark -  October 6, 2010 - 7:12 am

    Also I accidently invented an odd “language” by repeating the opeing syllable thusly: Hammer = Hamamer; Ladder = ladader, book = bookook; Climimb upup thethe ladadder andan getet thethe bookook.
    I call it parrot Greek for no particular reason.

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  57. Clark -  October 6, 2010 - 7:09 am

    Sorry for typos. I typed that quickly and half awake.

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  58. Clark -  October 6, 2010 - 7:08 am

    i remember an old WWII movie about so Germans in US uniforms to commandeered a US troop carrier. there is one American still in the truck but if tells the people at the guard house what is going on they’ll shoot him and the guards. So he says erryjay inyay rucktay. as they’re driving away from the guards. It too the guard a minute to figure out what the guy had said and then mounted a counter attack to stop the German plot. I was a kid buT I figured out the code before the movie guard. Made me feel SMRT I mean SMART

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  59. BB -  October 6, 2010 - 6:30 am

    darn, now you’ve gone and revealed my secret language! There’s a much more difficult one I know of. I don’t really know what the rules are, I learned them once and now I can only apply them, but cant explain them. See if you can decipher it:

    Hevegellovogo! Dovogo youvougou wavagant tovogo leavegern thivigis lavaganguavagage?

    I think people call it pigeon? Hmm… thanks for distracting me.

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  60. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  October 6, 2010 - 6:11 am

    Sorry it is push and shove me along!!!!!!!!! Not alone.

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  61. Alan Turner -  October 6, 2010 - 5:43 am

    Pig Latin derives from the more original Pigeon English which was used around the world when we Brits went off claiming every bit of land we clapped our eye’s on.

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  62. meleagrid -  October 6, 2010 - 5:41 am

    So, where does pidgin english come from?

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  63. Am -  October 6, 2010 - 5:32 am

    Remember Zoom? That Ubby Dubby thing still has me vexed.

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  64. Cathy -  October 6, 2010 - 5:31 am

    My mother taught me Piglatin when I was a kid. We used it all the time.

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  65. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  October 6, 2010 - 5:29 am

    You think you know it all, just wait and see how you got it, got it wrong. Well those days are dead and gone where you and push and shove me alone. I’ll push harder don’t you bother, try your best you can’t control me. I’ll work harder, I’ll go father cause what I got you can’t control. I love that song it’s by Britt Nichole I forget what it’s called.

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  66. sharyn -  October 6, 2010 - 5:29 am

    I’m curious as to what happens with one or two letter words e.g. I would become Iay? and=danay?? is =siay??….. how does this work???

    Sharyn

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  67. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  October 6, 2010 - 5:04 am

    HAHA My older sister had to take pig Latin

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  68. David -  October 6, 2010 - 5:03 am

    The Latin conection has to do with the once common perception that all Latin words end with the long “A” sound – like “ay”.
    In fact many do end in “e” or “ae” which is often pronounced “ay”.

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  69. Louis -  October 6, 2010 - 4:38 am

    The Pig Latin sounds very similar to gypsy cant used by itinerants aound Tuam Co Galway Ireland.Has anyone ever heard that lingo spoken.The verbs & nouns are corrupted by much the same process and —taygo or maygo is added as the last two syllables.There are no Gaelic connections.Anymore infotaygo ?

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  70. OJ -  October 6, 2010 - 3:28 am

    I have spoken pig latin since I was little, and wish to point out that it sould be done per sylable.

    Example, dictionary should not become ictionary-day, it should be (phonetically): icday-onshay-eeray

    there are also other languages like “opidopi” where you add an extra “op” into each sylable after the consonant(s) and before the vowel.

    Example, dictionary would become: dopictiopanropy

    this type is much easier and smoother to speak. but if you really wanna mess things up, you can mix them together.

    So, dictionary becomes opicdopayoponshopayopeeropay

    Maybe I have too much time on my hands..

    OJ

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  71. grace of god sounds not Pig Latain -  October 6, 2010 - 3:21 am

    mercy-cymeray

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  72. grace of god sounds not Pig Latain -  October 6, 2010 - 3:19 am

    Pardon me for being honest.

    The first thing came up to my mind from Pig Latin is grace of god.

    grace-gay
    god-gay

    I suppose that Pig Latin is just cheerful.

    wait,I got it wrong.
    grace-racegay
    god-odgay

    another try

    squid-quidsay
    zedonk-donkzeay

    ???

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  73. ms.karma -  October 6, 2010 - 1:50 am

    ello-hay! :P

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  74. sheena -  October 6, 2010 - 12:00 am

    simply delighted to learn the pig latin. Will now teach it to my 22yr old son and 17yr old daughter. We all are sure to have unfay.

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  75. Marion -  October 5, 2010 - 11:58 pm

    Here in the Netherlands we have a similar game where instead of putting the first letter behind the word, you exchange the first letters of consecutive words. Pig Latin sounds more mysterious, though. :)

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  76. James Cook -  October 5, 2010 - 11:51 pm

    ey-hay, i now-kay his-tay anguage-lay!
    It’s all in Pig Latin language!
    It’s ool-cay!
    Ye-bay!

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  77. Will76 -  October 5, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Ery-vay iteresting-nay! Hope that’s correct. I’ve always known was Pig Latin is, but I forgot the rules. Great post

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  78. Imada -  October 5, 2010 - 11:04 pm

    Cool!!! :) :) :)
    I will try to do it with my friends…

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  79. rokstar -  October 5, 2010 - 10:51 pm

    i mint cant

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  80. rokstar -  October 5, 2010 - 10:51 pm

    tihis is langauge i talk it all the time and u guys dont know othing-nay now it piglatin u define langauage idiot it like difining what normal is u can do that!

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  81. Aboli Chavan -  October 5, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    I am sure most of the languages in this world have some form of modified code language. Even my mother tongue has got 3-4 types of code language forms…..eg. r-language, f-language in which we put the syllable r or f between every syllable of the word. It sounds difficult but once you start using, it becomes fun!!

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  82. Joy Corcoran -  October 5, 2010 - 9:47 pm

    Ap-cray! I thought I was going to find out where pigs learned Latin. Oh well, the mysteries of children’s games may always have codes too complex to crack. Great blog post as usual!

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  83. KStil -  October 5, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    I remember as a child i would play the Pig Latin game, but it took me a very long time to connect the game with ‘Pig Latin,’ because no one who conversed that way with me called it Pig Latin. Such is life–but now I know Victorian England customers were confused too. :)

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  84. Jeevendra -  October 5, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Thanks for this post. I was really curious about pig Latin. Thanks for clearing it up. Thanks guys & gals of Dictionary.com…

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  85. John S. -  October 5, 2010 - 8:12 pm

    Unny-fay anguage-lay.

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  86. Nathan -  October 5, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    “Another enigma is the “pig.” No one seems to know why it’s a pig, rather than a squid or a zedonk”. That would be so cool if it was squid latin. Geez, I always wondered where that crazy language came from. Thanks dictionary.com.

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  87. Hello7671 -  October 5, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    I knew about Pig Latin but i always forget the rules

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  88. qwertygirl -  October 5, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    cool…XD

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  89. yay -  October 5, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    huh

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  90. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  October 5, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    N.B. We can’t discuss this topic: because dictionary.com has its language-filter blocking postings….

    Ray.

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  91. yay -  October 5, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    horray

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  92. ms.karma -  October 5, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    oolcay! eahyay! i’m ovin’lay it! buhaymay lippinesphiay! hahaha! :P :)

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