One Big Happy by Rick Detorie

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  1. Dugharry

    Dugharry said, almost 4 years ago

    never jump to conclusions young lady!

  2. Lewis Linson

    Lewis Linson said, almost 4 years ago

    When I was a kid, we used pig latin so our parents wouldn’t understand us. When I was a parent, we used pig latin so out children wouldn’t understand us.

  3. Mary McDaniel

    Mary McDaniel said, almost 4 years ago

    @Lewis Linson

    Don’t ya just hate it when they learn to spell?

  4. Linguist

    Linguist said, almost 4 years ago

    My mother and grandparents spoke Irish when they didn’t want us kids to understand what they were talking about.
    As an adult, I lived in Ireland for a time and learned to speak Irish. Proudly, I tried to impress my mother with my linguistic skills but with poor results. She couldn’t understand my accent and I couldn’t understand hers.
    My mother and grandparents came from County Armaugh in the North of Ireland. I learned to speak Irish in Dublin !

  5. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, almost 4 years ago

    She’s just waiting to hear the timer ‘ding!’ from back in the kitchen.. This is a neighborhood BAR we’re sittin’ in.. (which, BTW, she’s right… they’re pretty much disappearing around the industrial towns) Belly-pincher music, Friday fish-fries
    and Sunday AM ‘eye-openers’… Good times..
    Prosit !

  6. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 4 years ago

    Most of the classic movie moguls came from garment district New York and discussed movie matters in Yiddish in front of those they didn’t want to understand. Edward G. Robinson was fluent in German and quickly picked up enough Yiddish differences to understand. Once, when the discussion started, one of them said, “Don’t bother, the goy knows!”

  7. GSJ Olé

    GSJ Olé said, almost 4 years ago

    My parents spoke French in front of my sister and me. When it came time to learn a 2nd language, I chose Spanish, because of my parents’ French. Then my husband and I spoke Spanish in front of our son, and what language does he chose? French. (Of course I do speak French now – though far from as well as my Spanish.)

  8. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, almost 4 years ago

    I like the Beverly Cleary story in which Ramona overhears Beezus talking about the PTA and demands to eat some. The reason was not immediately obvious.

  9. Buggerlugs

    Buggerlugs said, almost 4 years ago

    I heard that in WW2 some American POWs would speak in Pig Latin so their guards wouldn’t understand them.

  10. gwaktek

    gwaktek said, almost 4 years ago


    Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldberg, Bucharest, 1893) was fluent in Yiddish from the time he could speak. Perhaps he `passed` as `goyim`.

  11. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, almost 4 years ago

    gwaktek: The story was that he joined the discussion in Yiddish. I got my version from Robinson himself in a TV interview. Yes, I knew he was of Romanian askenazi origins.

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