is Parisian and Lyonnaise butchers' ( Fr
, similar to Pig latin
. It originated in the mid-19th century
. First consonant is moved to the end; followed by suffixes such as -ème, -ji, -oc, -muche; the letter "L" is placed at the beginning of the new word. Note that spelling often becomes phoneticized.
- le boucher = Louchébem
- la femme = Lamfé
- le monsieur = Lesieum
- le gigôt = Ligogem
- le patron = Latronpuche
- le fou = Loufoque
Some words from Louchébem, most notably "loufoque" have become common and moved into everyday slang.