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More And Less Pig Latin On The Web

Thursday, March 15, 2001

By Applelinks Contributing Editor Charles W. Moore

A couple of days ago, we reported that a Canadian company has determined that a simple way to defeat filters the lawsuit-beleaguered Napster music file sharing Internet service is employing to block copyrighted songs from being downloaded for free is Pig Latin, basically moving the first letter of a word to the end and adding an "ay."

As we told you on Tuesday, Toronto-based Napcameback.com has developed software that enables users to mask and unmask their MP3 files whenever they want, using Pig Latin-inspired encryption. Users' files are renamed with Pig latin names to be shared with other Napcameback.com users.

For more information, visit:
Napcameback.com: http://www.napcameback.com

The Aimster file-sharing service that piggybacks on America Online's Instant Messaging system, also developed software that gave users a Pig Latin-style bypass of Napster filters, but according to Insert link name here Napster leaned on Aimster to ban the Pig Encoder, and Aimster has complied, explaining that it did so "out of respect for Napster's efforts to maintain its own service for its own users as it deems best," but only after receiving a number of "public and private threats."

According to The Register, NapCameBack Encoder remained operational at the time the story was filed.

In researching the Napster filter-busting story, I discovered that there is a lot of Pig Latin on the Web

If you're not familiar with Pig Latin, most words end in "ay." The first consonant or pair of consonants in a word is/are moved to the word's end, and then combined with an additional syllable. For example, "Can you speak Pig Latin?" would come out, "Ancay ouyay eakspay igpay atinlay?" If a word starts with a vowel, you add the word "way" at the end of the word -- Awesome = Awesome +way = Awesomeway

There are several Pig Latin Converter pages that will take any web page and convert all the text into Pig Latin. All pictures, links, tags, etc etc should still be there. Note that all the links will go through the converter.. this means that any link you follow off of a converted page will get converted itself (IE: You can view the whole web in pig latin!)! All you have to do is put in the URL of the page you want to see.


This minimalist site translates single words into Pig Latin:

One of the Pig Latin translation sites, Laugh Your Ass Off, also has an email page from which you can E-mail Your Friends (or Enemies) in Pig Latin. As they put it: "It's Funny and it's Annoying!" Just type or paste your message in English text, and the Pig Latin Converter will translate it to Pig latin and send it to whatever address you specify.

One English to Pig Latin translation program performs a perfect translation of pasted in English text to Pig Latin. It incorporates the following features and special case functionality:
• Ensures proper capitalization
• Correct upper case and lower case formatting
• Correctly translates "qu" (e.g., ietquay instead of uietqay)
• Differentiates between "Y" as vowel and "Y" as consonant
(e.g. yellow = elloyay and style = ylestay) -- (except for a very few exceptions)
• Correctly translates contractions
• Hyphenated words are treated as two words
• Words may consist of alphabetic characters only (A-Z and a-z)
• All punctuation, numerals, symbols and whitespace are not modified

Bell Labs has a Text-to-Speech Synthesis Pig Latin "Translation" page lets you hear Pig latin as it is spoken by the native, er......

Samuel Stoddard's The Dialectizer doesn't stop at Pig Latin, but converts English text to any of several comic dialects, including Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, Pig Latin, or Hacker

A somewhat similar translation engine at the University of Texas converts English into your choice of Swedish Chef, Jive, ValSpeak, and Pig. Swedish Chef is the default.

This page promises to help you discover Pig-Latin, the impact of Latin with a fraction of the trouble! "Yes," it claims, "Pig-Latin opens up a new world that you never would have thought possible. By using Pig-Latin, you too can fulfill your facinating future functions to the fullest fullness fast. You will be a better person, have a better sex life, and be better than your neighbors."

On a site that claims to be the first translation of the whole The Bible into Pig Latin, the webmaster notes: "I've recently completed what is, to the best of my knowledge, the first complete translation of the Bible into Pig Latin. This is the 319th translation of the entire Bible; the New Testament has now been translated into 845 languages, and parts of the Bible have been rendered into 1629 tongues."

Actually, according to the United Bible Societies' 2000 Scripture Language Report released in February,, the Bible is now available in 2261 languages in complete or partial form. The complete Bible is now available in 383 languages; and Testaments have been published in 987 languages.

The Pig Latin translation "is the culmination of millions of man-hours of work over the past 2000 years." says the translator. "I owe a tremendous debt to all those writers, translators, monks, scribes, pharisees and whatnot who came before me, and especially to King James and his coworkers, upon whose magnificent translation I have based this version.

"It is my sincere hope that this work will be of value to scholars, researchers, native speakers of Pig Latin, and all those who wish to further their understanding of scripture by seeing it presented in new terms. As it is said, "In-ay e-thay eginning-bay as-way e-thay Ord-way."

"The Catholic Church may wish to conduct mass in Pig Latin, as it combines the solemnity of Latin with the accessibility of English.

"I hope this work will accelerate the movement toward incorporating Pig Latin into our educational system. Pig Latin is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn, and English is closer to its Pig Latin roots than to its roots in classical Latin. In addition, the uses of Pig Latin encryption for email security have barely been explored; the potential benefits are incalculable."

Due to disk space limitations, currently only the following files are available in uncompressed text format:

Enesis-gay.txt, the book of Genesis

Ob-jay.txt, the book of Job

Ohn-jay.txt, the book of John

You can check it out at:

Charles W. Moore