aka: Igpay Atinlay
: Ix-nay on the upid-stay... Banzai
: Hey! Who you calling upid-stay?!
Curly HowardEscribeday Igpay Atinlay erehay.
He's talking pig-Latin and I don't know what he's saying.
— The Three Stooges: Disorder in the Court
Pig Latin is an obfuscated form of English, which is translated into Pig Latin word by word. To translate an English word into Pig Latin, the beginning consonant or consonant cluster is shifted from the beginning of the word to the end of the word, and following it the vowel sound "ay" is added.
As the examples show, some of the rules of Pig Latin are not consistently defined:
- Words beginning in a vowel have no initial consonants to shift to the end of the word, but the affixed ending in this case may be "hay", "way" or just plain "ay".
- Articles, prepositions and other small words are often left as is, notably in the stock expression "ixnay on the (omethingsay)."
- Since Pig Latin is a spoken language trope rather than a written one, Pig Latin words may be spelled literally ("upidstay", Pig Latin for "stupid") or altered phonetically ("oopidstay"); hyphens may or may not be used to disambiguate.
Other obfuscated languages exist, such as:
- Tutnese or Double-Dutch (English)
- Javanese (French)
- Verlan (French)
- Rövarsprĺket (Swedish)
- Farfallino (Italian)
- Konttikieli, Venekieli and Vitikieli (Finnish)
Pig Latin is not related to dog Latin
, except that they both tend to sound vaguely foreign
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- In the English dub of the 14th episode of the Pokémon anime, "Electric Shock Showdown", a disguised Team Rocket approaches Ash's group. Jessie and James begin reciting their motto, but Meowth interrupts them with a shout of "Ix-nay!" and a smack from a paper fan.
- Once used by the very dorky supervillain in Empowered #1. "I can see her ipples-nay!"
- Knights of the Dinner Table #170, segment "Channeling Gary". When the protagonists use a Ouija board in an attempt to contact the spirit of Gary Jackson, the spirit they contact sends messages in this form.
- A Roger Rabbit comic had Roger's wolf friend framed for the disappearance of his partner Percy Pig. Another wolf leading a whole pack of them tells them to "amscray." Roger then realizes that no 'toon wolf would ever speak in Pig Latin, and reveals the other wolf to be Percy Pig in a wolf mask, framing Wolfe all along as a prank.
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- "Ereway Inhay the Oneymay", as sung by Ginger Rogers, from Gold Diggers of 1933.
- The priest in Top Secret!: "Ooreyay oingay ootay etgay iedfray in the airchay."
- The Mask. Stanley Ipkiss is escaping a police station with an uncooperative Lt. Kellaway when they encounter Kellaway's partner, Doyle, who is otnay ootay ightbray:
: Hey, Lieutenant! Where you taking Ipkiss? Kellaway
: Ixnay! Ehay's otgay an ungay! Ipkiss
Kellaway in the back with a hidden gun) Kellaway
: Ow! Doyle
: I get it! Pig Latin, right? Eesay ouyay aterlay!
- Blues Brothers 2000:
Cab Chamberlain: I thought you said she was old and ugly.
Elwood Blues: Ix-nay on the ugly-ay.
- A Dog's Breakfast:
Marilyn: Ix-nay on the Ookie-may.
Patrick: [sarcastically, feigning seriousness] I'm not sure your code is secure.
- Robin Hood: Men in Tights
The Abbot: I will conduct the prayer in the New Latin. Oh ord-lay, ive-us-gay ore-yay essings-blay, amen-hay.
- In Short Circuit 2, Oscar directs his thugs to sneak behind Johnny 5 with the command "Et-gay ehind-bay im-hey!" Johnny 5 doesn't know Pig Latin, so they are able to nearly kill him. When he's eventually brought back to life and is now attacking the people that beat him up, he starts taunting them in Pig Latin.
- When the younger Frankenstein shouts the monster has a rotten brain, Igor hisses, "Ixnay on the ottenray!"
- In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddie Valiant and Roger are hiding in a Prohibition era secret room in the bar. When Judge Doom enters the bar, Dolores says "Ixnay! Ixnay" to herself as she pushes the button that sounds a warning buzzer inside the room.
- Earlier in the film, when leaving Eddie's apartment office, Smarty says to the other weasels "Come on boys, let's amscray."
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: "Why don't ou yay, and I-yay, o-gay and... et-gay the... uff-stay out of the ... unk-tray?" (points to Dr Gonzo, to himself and out the door)
- In Air Buddies 2006, apparently Pig Latin is the language pigs naturally speak.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a monster that tends to appear and take form by listening in on their conversations. Anya suggests they start speaking in code, Xander immediately thinks pig Latin is the obvious choice. (Though he doesn't speak it particularly well.) "Ood-gay idea-yay, An-yay."
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Hobgoblins":
Daphne: Icks-nay on the ogus-nay, okay!
Tom Servo: What, bite me-ay!
- Rose on The Golden Girls claims to have studied Latin and been the top student in the class. When Dorothy is incredulous, Rose says it's true, "Orothy-day!"
- Muppets Tonight when John Goodman was the guest star, he was being bugged by some pigs. The following dialogue occurs:
John: The igpays are a little upidstay.
Pigs: He speaks the ancient tongue! Eway are not orthyway! Eway are not orthyway!
- On the show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in the episode "On Golden Pete", the inscription on the fishing rod Big Pete's dad has given him reads "Inay ankay ountkay onyay ooyay."
- In a season three episode of The Office, Jim tells Andy to woo Pam using Pig Latin because Jim knows she hates pig latin
- Hodges uses this in the season ten CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode Death and the Maiden when he tells Greg about his attempt to persuade Ecklie to allow Wendy to transfer to the field.
- A Mash episode has Frank and Hot Lips commissioning a local Korean artist to carve a wooden bust of Colonel Potter's head. He tells them it will cost six dollars and Frank is about to accept, but Hot Lips interrupts, whispering to him, "Frank, these people have no espect-ray unless you aggle-hay over the ice-pray." Frank has to spend a few moments doing the translation to himself before agreeing.
Frank: (to artist) Five dollars.
Hot Lips: (to Frank) UMB-day!
- Ubbi dubbi, also known as "Pig Greek", was popularized by the PBS children's program ZOOM.
- In Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Diane gets a curse that only forces her to speak Pig Latin.
- Charmed uses this briefly in the fourth-season-finale "Which Way Now", when the three sisters are worrying not only about demonic troubles, but also about being caught by the (entirely mundane) police.
Phoebe: Okay, Ix-nay on the angel-way talk.
- On an episode of The Three Stooges, Larry and Moe try to teach Curly how to speak Pig Latin. When Curly says that his Pig Latin name must be "Curly Q", Moe says "Boy, are you umday!" The Pig Latin later results in Moe being mistaken for a painter named Omay.
- In one episode of Lizzie McGuire where Gordo is teamed up with Kate, Kate tells Gordo, "Let's o-gay."
- The choristers at the beginning of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!'s "Vatican" episode are chanting "The Vatican is bullshit!" in Pig Latin.
- "Ap-ray" by Derwood Bowen is a rap song in pig Latin about rapping in pig Latin.
- "Grunt: Pigorian Chant (from Snouto Domoinko de Silo)" sung by the Ad Hog Camerata, with words by Sandra Boynton. A pricelessly hilarious parody of "Chant". It describes a day at the farm in Latin and Pig Latin. Allemooia. Gloria in egg shells each day-o.
- In Get Fuzzy (May 11, 2008), Robert tries to tell Satchel to "idehay the ingstray" before Bucky sees it. Neither animal understands, but the cat accuses Robert of sounding like a terrorist, or at least an annoyerist.
- In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin sneaks a walkie-talkie into class during a test. When Miss Wormwood catches him, he's muttering "Ixsay inusmay ourfay! Urryhay!" into the speaker.
- In another strip he rejects Pig Latin as a secret code because everyone knows it.
- The Professor from the comic version of Little Nemo in Slumberland speaks only in Pig Latin.
- The final incantation in Sam and Max: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak is "Umkay Oninnay, the Otterway's Inefay" — "Come on in, the water's fine."
- When you subdue the Thraddash in Star Control II you can decide the rules of their new society, one option being that they have to talk in Pig Latin when greeting you.
- In The Secret of Monkey Island, one of the Cannibals, Sharptooth, tells Guybrush that he can't go through the Caverns of Meat to get the Voodoo Antiroot without something before Red Skull (another cannibal) interrupts and tells Sharptooth, "Ixnay on the Eadhay of the Avigatornay!", but Guybrush has no clue what they're talking about (they're talking, of course, about the Head of the Navigator). It is lampshaded, of course:
Guybrush: Why are you guys talking in Pig Latin?
Red Skull: [to the other Cannibals] I see he is baffled by our native dialect. Good.
- In The Curse of Monkey Island, while King André is discussing the evil plans to Guybrush, André's assistant Cruff interrupts and tells him, "Ix-nay on the evil an-play."
- All of the characters in Rayman Origins speak Pig Latin.
- Little-known RPG Okage Shadow King had a ghost attack leave a curse on the main character's sister that made her unable to speak anything other than pig latin, trying to cure it kicks off the main plot.
- A boss does this in the Bug:
"at a-whay opperhead-slay!"
- In The Dig, Commander Low, trying to find a way to communicate with an alien, tries asking, "Oo-day oo-yay eek-spay ig-pay atin-lay?"
- Kingdom of Loathing's Quest for the Holy MacGuffin mostly uses Dog Latin, but there's some Pig Latin mixed in as well.
"OWTHRAY VESTI MANUS IN AER ET AVEWAY LEMMA IKELAY TU NON CAUTIO"
(Throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don't care.)
- Zazu in The Lion King: "Ix-nay on the oopid-stay."
- Disney's Hercules. "I got two words for you: am-scray!"
- Anastasia has Dimitri tell a terribly lovestruck Vlad this: "Ix-nay on the Ophie-say!"
- Monsters, Inc. has a scene where Sully tells Mike to "Ook-lay in the ag-bay." When Mike doesn't understand, Sully hisses: "Look in the bag!" Parodied in the 'outtakes'.
Mike: You know, maybe you should just take a minute and ead-ray your ipt-scray.
- In the Jumanji cartoon, Alan and the kids use Pig Latin to appear foreign into order to infiltrate a secret gathering of Jumanji's various factions.
- Used as an example of a code on Cyberchase. Matt is surprised that The Hacker knows it.
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode "Revenge of the Raenoks":
Buzz: XR, is that you?
XR: Eek! Ix-nay on the X-R-ay, Uzz-bay. We're in enemy erritory-tay.
Buzz: This is a restricted alliance comm channel, XR. You don't need code.
XR: Yeah, but it's un-fay.
- Disney's Aladdin.
Genie: And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes!
- One episode of The Simpsons features Bart and Lisa having a quick conversation that they didn't want Marge to hear. When Marge reminded them (in Pig Latin) that "I-ay as-way a-ay id-kay nce-oay oo-tay, ou-yay ow-knay", they chorus "Ap-cray."
- In an earlier episode: Krusty says "Ix-nay on the ew-jay" to a guest star when they remind him of his Jewish faith and says he doesn't "do the Jewish stuff on the air."
- In the latter day Looney Tunes short "The Duxorcist", Daffy's demonically-possessed love interest says "Ouyay upidstay erkjay", to which Daffy responds "And I thought French was the romantic language!"
- In the Golden Age short "The Impatient Patient," Daffy has the hiccups and seeks the help of Dr. Jerkyl. The doc's PA speaker intones "ix-fay up-hay uck-day with the iccups-hay."
- Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver episode "Gulliver's Challenge". When Flirtacia insults the Black Knight holding them captive, Bunko says "Ixnay on the insultsnay".
- In South Park, Kyle brings a cake as a gift to Cartman when visiting him in juvenile hall, mentioning that there's an "ailnay ilefay" baked inside of it, which will enable Cartman to "eakbray out of isonpray". When Cartman informs him that they're not allowed to accept gifts, Kyle goes into a lengthy rant while still speaking Pig Latin. Stan on the other hand just calls Cartman "umbass day"
- On the Arthur season one episode "Arthur's Family Vacation":
"Did you tie Arkeyshay on ightay?"
- In American Dad!!, Francine is fed up of not having any freedom as a woman in Saudi Arabia, and she cuts to singing again.
Stan: Uh, seriously, Francine, ixnay on the inging-say.
- In one episode of Rugrats ("Superhero Chuckie"), after Angelica sees the actor playing Captain Blasto "fly" on a rope, she asks him if he can do it again without the rope, and the actor whispers to her, "Ix-nay on the ope-ray, kid."
- The entire episode of "Ferb Latin" in Phineas and Ferb parodies this, with the suffix as -erb instead of -ay.
Phineas: All the fun of Pig Latin but it's safe for vegetarians to use.
- Pig Latin is present in "The Bully Code" (see page quote).
- Some people speak Pig Latin around immigrants who speak poor English in order to hold a private conversation without the hassle of learning a new language. This tends to not end well.
- Interestingly, the Pig Latin word "ixnay" seems to be supplanting its untranslated source word in the English language. Certainly, a trope-page for "nix" wouldn't have as many examples as "ixnay" has on this one.
- When Kellogg's Froot Loops first came on the market in 1966, Toucan Sam insisted on calling it in pig latin, "Oot-fray Oops-lay."