Where does the expression “Dog Latin” come from and What does Dog Latin mean?

Properly, “Dog Latin” is just very bad Latin, a mongrel Latin, whence the name, composed of a mixture of Latin and English.

But in our own childhood, what we called dog Latin was a gibberish of decapitated English words, the initial letters transposed to the rear, plus “ay”; as, “Ohnny-jay ust-may o-gay ome-hay.”

In other areas this form of lopped English was called “hog Latin,” or “pig Latin,” possibly because the sound resembled the grunting of hogs.

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