Dog Latin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dog Latin barbarous Latin; a jargon in imitation of Latin; as, the log Latin of schoolboys.
    • Dog Latin barbarous Latin; as, the dog Latin of pharmacy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae "Island of Dogs."
    • Dog Latin barbarous Latin
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Latinus, belonging to Latium, the district round Rome.

Usage

In literature:

He sat down to work, and began to study Latin grammar out of a dog's-eared book.
"The Forged Coupon and Other Stories" by Leo Tolstoy
And you don't know what a life those dogs lead in the Latin quarter with actresses.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Ammianus: more dog Latin!
"Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich" by Stephen Leacock
Being dog Latin for 'You seem to know all about it.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
It's wonderful how well this jolly dog gets on, with his dogmas and dog Latin together.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 4, April 23, 1870" by Various
Latin itself was assuming another aspect; the Renaissance Latin is classical Latin, whilst Mediaeval Latin is dog-Latin.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
Their Latin was grammatical, but very like dog-Latin for all that.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
Who ever bought, who ever read, those cloudy tomes in dog Latin?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
And you don't know what a life those dogs lead in the Latin Quarter with actresses.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
A prey for Latin fowl and dogs how doth thy body lie, On lands uncouth!
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
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In poetry:

So his prayer he got granted—to do just what he wanted,
Prevented by none, for the space of one day.
"Jam incipiebo, sedere facebo,"
In dog-Latin he quoth, "Euge! sophos! hurray!"
"The Little Dog's Day" by Rupert Brooke

In news:

Oh, and although the Canaries ' name comes from the Latin " canis " for dog (the Romans found wild dogs roaming the islands), wild canaries do live high in the cliffs.
The Tasmanian tiger's Latin designation, Thylacinus cynocephalus, or "dog-headed pouched-dog ," makes it redundantly clear that the marsupial's feline nickname is a misnomer.
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