Re: RARA-AVIS: Red Harvest: Umpchay?

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 10 Apr 2002

Alexandre Hubner:

> It comes up at the end of chapter 24 ("Wanted"), when Reno Starkey calls
> Ted Wright a "big umpchay". I've searched all the reference I have
> access to and found nothing but for the character of a Three Stooges
> movie ("I'll Never Hail Again", 1941) called Mr. Umpchay - which,
> unfortunately, doesn't mean anything to me.
> Any hints, clues, suggestions would be very welcome.

Alexandre, I assume it's Pig Latin in which you start saying a word begun by a consonant by leaving off the first letter (or ch in this instance) and putting it at the end with 'ay' In theory someone who doesn't know this would not know what you are saying. For instance 'gun would be 'ungay'
. Mark

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