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Variations of Latin Posted by on Mar 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

Pig Latin is by no means the form of Latin spoken by the Ancient Romans. In fact, it’s not really Latin at all. Pig Latin is formed by placing the initial consonant or consonant cluster to the end of the word. There are lots of Youtube videos of Pig Latin, including this humorous song in Pig Latin:

There’s also Dog Latin, which is basically an imitation of Latin. To those who don’t know Latin, Dog Latin can seem like the real thing, but of course, we know better! My favorite phrase in Dog Latin is : Illegitimi non carborundum, which is supposed to mean, “Don’t Let the Bastards Wear You Down”, a phrase some Harvard students have known to have used. The correct phrase would be something like : Operor non permissum nothus homo frendo vos solum. However this phrase in literal English would mean, “Do not let those without fathers grind you downwards”, which has sexual implications that mean otherwise. All in all, Dog Latin is a fun way to spread the fun of a secret language!

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