FAQ: Learn Python - Pyglatin - Break It Down

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I am interested in knowing why you choose the name “Pig Latin”.

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Early mentions of pig Latin or hog Latin describe what we would today call dog Latin, a type of parody Latin.[ citation needed ] Examples of this predate even Shakespeare, whose 1598 play, Love’s Labour’s Lost , includes a reference to dog Latin:[2]

Costard: Go to; thou hast it ad dungill, at the fingers’ ends, as they say.
Holofernes: O, I smell false Latine; dunghill for unguem.

— Love’s Labour’s Lost, William Shakespeare

An 1866 article describes a “hog latin” that has some similarities to current Pig Latin. The article says, "He adds as many new letters as the boys in their ‘hog latin,’ which is made use of to mystify eavesdroppers. A boy asking a friend to go with him says, ‘Wig-ge you-ge go-ge wig-ge me-ge?’ The other, replying in the negative, says, ‘No-ge, I-ge wo-ge.’ "[3]. This is similar to Língua do Pê.

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