What is the origin of Pig Latin?

And how did it get such an unfortunate name?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Pig Latin is a language game primarily used in English. An alternative British name for Pig Latin is backslang (not to be confused with the backslang used by the criminals of 19th century London, which was based on turning words backwards), or Butcher's Backslang which was common in English Butcher's shops at least until WW II[1]. Pig Latin is usually used by children for amusement or to converse in (perceived) privacy from adults or other children. Conversely, adults sometimes use it to discuss sensitive topics they do not want very young children to overhear.

    The impact of Pig Latin on standard English has been minimal, although certain Pig Latin translations, most notably ixnay (nix) and amscray (scram), have been incorporated into English slang.

  • 1 decade ago

    It was a form of Latin that pigs would speak to each other a long time ago (they had their own dialect - replete with "oink" vocalizations).

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