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Is "TRASH" the only word that forms another real word, when spoken in "Pig Latin"?

Asked by JackAdams (6497points) September 5th, 2008

“Trash,” when uttered in Pig Latin, becomes the real word, “ASHTRAY.”

A friend tells me that that’s the only English-language word where that happens, and I am attempting to prove him wrong.

Any suggestions as to words that might have the same characteristic, as that one?

September 5, 2008, 12:25 PM EDT

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robmandu's avatar

How ‘bout sash? ==> sashay

Or cash? ==> caché.

Will try to think of a non-ash word now.

JackAdams's avatar


SASH would be ASH-SAY


September 5, 2008, 12:28 PM EDT

Harp's avatar

How about “rex” (and yes, it is in the english dictionary)

AstroChuck's avatar

Weigh = Away
Be = eBay

robmandu's avatar

Holy frijolés! I completely blew this. I better go work on something else for a while.

< < so embarrassed.

JackAdams's avatar

@ Harp:

REX = X-RAY!!!!!!!

You have just won the million dollars!

PM me your name/address, so I can mail you a check!

Or, a Norwegian.

September 5, 2008, 12:48 PM EDT

JackAdams's avatar

“Weigh” nor “Way” seem to work, because the pronunciation of “Away,” isn’t the same as that in the dictionary.


Nice try, however.

September 5, 2008, 12:51 PM EDT

robmandu's avatar

Ok… I’ll try to redeem myself…

Wonder ==> Underway

JackAdams's avatar

Wonder = Underway WORKS!


September 5, 2008, 12:53 PM EDT

Harp's avatar

stout ====> outstay

Harp's avatar

since rob got one, do I have to share the Norwegian?

JackAdams's avatar

“Ebay” doesn’t appear as an English-language word in three online dictionaries I have consulted.

But again, an inspired attempt, and I thank you, Sir.

September 5, 2008, 12:56 PM EDT

JackAdams's avatar


No. Only the first correct one wins the million dollars.

In Monopoly® money, of course…

September 5, 2008, 12:58 PM EDT

robmandu's avatar

Sass ===> Assay

Sun ===> Unsay

Lout ===> Outlay

Lover ===> Overlay (probably breaks the pronunciation rule)

Pun ===> Unpay

Rest ===> Estray

JackAdams's avatar

Ah, the whizdumb on this site is just incredible!

Thanks to ALL of you!

September 5, 2008, 1:12 PM EDT

robmandu's avatar

Rust ===> Astray (keeps pronunciation, but breaks spelling)

JackAdams's avatar




September 5, 2008, 1:31 PM EDT

eambos's avatar

Wouldn’t “trash” become “rashtay?” I’m fairly sure that isn’t a word.

Harp's avatar


Per Wikipedia

For words that begin with consonant sounds, move the initial consonant or consonant cluster to the end of the word and add “ay.” Examples:

* beast → east-bay
* dough → ough-day
* happy → appy-hay
* loser → oser-lay
* question → estion-quay
* star → ar-stay
* three → ee-thray
* trash → ash-tray

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks, Arp-Hay.

September 5, 2008, 2:38 PM EDT

eambos's avatar

Ahh. The way I learned pig Latin was that you take the first letter, put it on the end and add -ay, and if it is a vowel add -way.

robmandu's avatar

Um. With all due respect, no, @eambos-ay. ;-D

(not that I should talk, I completely screwed this thing up from the get go.)

JackAdams's avatar

As a side note, in addition to the famous Navajo Code Talkers during WWII, the English-speaking Allied Forces during combat against Hitler’s troops, many times spoke Pig Latin, if they thought that the “Jerrys” might overhear, particularly during 2-way radio conversations.

September 5, 2008, 2:54 PM EDT

dalepetrie's avatar

olyhay uckfay isthay is ardhay

JackAdams's avatar

It was, for Germans not familiar with it.

Watch episodes of COMBAT!, for examples.

September 5, 2008, 4:11 PM EDT

derdriu's avatar

So, it’s not in Hogan’s Heroes? Because it would have made a great episode.

East Bay, I like that.

Underway doesn’t work if you want continue the pronunciation caveat. UNDERway would be a noun, but that is not used, even for roadways. underWAY is the adjective form, but contrary to onunciationpray ofay(?) igpay atinlay.

robmandu's avatar

The pronunciation rules do make it kinda tricky. Try to skate by on some by putting the em-PHA-sis on a different syl-LA-ble.

Ladymia69's avatar

@derdriu Easy Bay is a very popular old street in my town of Charleston, SC.

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