From: Anderson, Erick (ETW) ( Erick.Anderson@Nike.com)
Date: 10 Apr 2002

Greetings Alexander --

I read your query regarding Umpchay. This is a child's secret language. It may still be in common usage among school children, although not having been a school child for some time I don't know for sure.

The methodology is to take the first letter or consonant grouping of the word you are encoding and place it at the end of the word, and then add an "AY". Thus CHUMP, a derogative meaning a stupid person -- or at least one who has done something stupid or behaved stupidly usually on behalf of another person -- becomes UMP-CHAY. Likewise, MORON would become ORON-MAY. A word that begins with a vowel is left as is with regard to structure, but an AY is appended to the word. In that way Alexander would become Alexander-ay. It becomes more complex when slang is inserted into the mix, as in the word NIX
-- meaning NO, or a similar response in the negative -- wherein the word would become IX-NAY, a common phrase of Fred Flintstone, if memory serves.


(Dependent on style or regional versions of the "skill," pig-latinizing for smaller words like THE, AN, or THE may or may not be done. The more complex version would be IXNAY ONAY ETHEY UMPSHAY, ALEXANDERAY.).

Hope this helps. If you've received the same information elsewhere, please excuse the duplication.

Best Regards, Erick

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