Pig Latin

Pig Latin
By Toni Rasmussen


To speak Pig Latin, you must move the first syllable to the end of the word and add –ay. For example, Nebraska would be Braska-neay and pork would be rk-poay. Another version is take the first letter, as long as it’s a consonant, and put it at the end of the word and add an –ay. For instance, producers would be roducers-pay and mentor would be entor-may.

Pig Latin is not really Latin but language jargon that sounds strange, foreign, and provides entertainment. Its first appearance was in the May 1969 issue of Putnam’s Magazine. The magazine read as follows, “”I had plenty of ammunition in reserve, to say nothing, Tom, of our pig Latin. ‘Hoggibus, piggibus et shotam damnabile grunto’, and all that sort of thing.” Today, this is actually Dog Latin.

Its second showing was in the January 1895 issue of The Atlantic. It said, “”They all spoke a queer jargon which they themselves had invented. It was something like the well-known ‘pig Latin’ that all sorts of children like to play with.”

The historical Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friends in Pig Latin. Thank goodness he didn’t write the Declaration of Independence this way.




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