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rainbowcult wrote: 16 Oct 2020 23:13If you're about to be offended over that, don't. It's a joke.
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rainbowcult wrote: 16 Oct 2020 23:13 Also in that map is strat, an stupid or rude person, which is related to both Trump (more distantly) and "straight." If you're about to be offended over that, don't. It's a joke.
Well now that you point out that I could be offended by that, I might be, so thanks for that. Maybe I'll do the same thing to a minority I don't belong to and get a lot of angry tweets from SJWs.
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jimydog000 wrote: 17 Oct 2020 05:28 In one of my conlangs bilmuri means god, from Bill Murry. dami means queen from Dami Im. And I think I made the word covefe into some rude word, but I can't remember what.
You mean "covfefe"?
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Khemehekis wrote: 17 Oct 2020 05:59 You mean "covfefe"?
I meant I made that into covefe because of phonotactics.
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jimydog000 wrote: 17 Oct 2020 06:42 I meant I made that into covefe because of phonotactics.
Oh, OK. /vf/ is a rather odd cluster, anyway.
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I know I posted this in the discord, but in P.I.P, the word for boring and useless is *āwān₂as₂. The word comes from the Christian youth organization Awanas.
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jimydog000 wrote: 17 Oct 2020 05:28
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rainbowcult wrote: 16 Oct 2020 23:13 Also in that map is strat, an stupid or rude person, which is related to both Trump (more distantly) and "straight." If you're about to be offended over that, don't. It's a joke.
Well now that you point out that I could be offended by that, I might be, so thanks for that. Maybe I'll do the same thing to a minority I don't belong to and get a lot of angry tweets from SJWs.
I personally think that of course, everyone can design their conlang as they please, especially if it's a perslang. Then, I think there is a gigantic difference in making fun of a mighty, wealthy politician for their actions vs. making fun of a minority for their existence, but you do you.
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The word for "horizon" in Ulduga is 畕天 (terunuma), which does have an etymology (edge + sky) but is also a very blatant reference to the name of a certain Japanese porn star/musician/artist. Of course, there are other people with the name, but it's the obligatory reference to an attractive woman I include in all of my conlangs if I keep working on said conlangs long enough.

In Phenglộl, the words for "dark grey" and "light grey" (dhìr and dhír respectively) are references to Dir en grey, one of the best bands in the entire history of music and the only arguments about a band better than them would be ones involving the Beatles and even then I'd say it's a tie. Pretty sure there were other references to things, too, but I don't remember anymore.

In Jinqaṣyavri, there's сталӥн meaning "hero" because the conpeople are esoteric Stalinists. It's not really an easter egg, though, just a joke.

In Nemin, there's гумран meaning "precipice", a reference to Qumran because it's a place with lots of cliffs. There are some other words that could be called "references" to stuff, too, but most of the words have Chinese-derived etymologies and those were just coincidences that turned out very loosely fitting or whatever. I guess there may have been some that were intentional references/easter eggs, but I don't remember.

In Haerogelos, chav meaning "youth" is obviously from English chav and profit is from prophet, but the latter is meant to be an English loanword and it's only the spelling that's meant to be funny... but it's probably not funny to anyone since it's a joke that's been done to death. There's another reference to the same porn star/musician/artist as in Ulduga but not nearly as in-your-face, too, in the words fan and fasar meaning "beauty" and "attractive person" respectively. Also, av meaning "to have sex" is from, well, AV. There are a few other references, too, but...
Iyionaku wrote: 17 Oct 2020 10:34I think there is a gigantic difference in making fun of a mighty, wealthy politician for their actions vs. making fun of a minority for their existence, but you do you.
I thought the offensive part was the thing about a word derived from "straight" meaning "stupid or rude person", presumably being a reference to heterosexual people, not the Trump thing.

Considering the vast majority of people are stupid and rude, and also the vast majority of people are straight, statistically it's true... and at least I'm a rude straight person* so getting offended by something that's true is... well... I guess sometimes insults that are true do hurt the most if we're in denial about something, so I guess it makes sense. I guess straight people who're not rude might be sensibly offended by it, too?

*Because apparently bisexuals aren't LGBT anymore... and I am statistically attracted to more women than men, and not into beefbears, so I may as well be 100% straight.

But yeah, I don't think it's the same as if it was a word derived from eg. gay that meant "stupid or rude person" since homosexuals are a minority and heterosexuality is the norm. Maybe in the future there will be just as many homosexuals as heterosexuals (and as many transgender people as cisgender people) and it'll be seen as just as much the norm, but that's a pretty distant future even in the most progressive societies.

Comparing all straight people to Trump could well be offensive, though, I think...🤔 But eh, I'd be more offended by strat having negative connotations because strats are not bad guitars, even if some would swear on their lives that they suck and would never play a single riff on one.
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jimydog000 wrote: 17 Oct 2020 05:28
Spoiler:
rainbowcult wrote: 16 Oct 2020 23:13 Also in that map is strat, an stupid or rude person, which is related to both Trump (more distantly) and "straight." If you're about to be offended over that, don't. It's a joke.
Well now that you point out that I could be offended by that, I might be, so thanks for that. Maybe I'll do the same thing to a minority I don't belong to and get a lot of angry tweets from SJWs.
Iyionaku wrote: 17 Oct 2020 10:34
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jimydog000 wrote: 17 Oct 2020 05:28
Spoiler:
rainbowcult wrote: 16 Oct 2020 23:13 Also in that map is strat, an stupid or rude person, which is related to both Trump (more distantly) and "straight." If you're about to be offended over that, don't. It's a joke.
Well now that you point out that I could be offended by that, I might be, so thanks for that. Maybe I'll do the same thing to a minority I don't belong to and get a lot of angry tweets from SJWs.
I personally think that of course, everyone can design their conlang as they please, especially if it's a perslang. Then, I think there is a gigantic difference in making fun of a mighty, wealthy politician for their actions vs. making fun of a minority for their existence, but you do you.
Vlürch wrote: 17 Oct 2020 16:46
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Iyionaku wrote: 17 Oct 2020 10:34I think there is a gigantic difference in making fun of a mighty, wealthy politician for their actions vs. making fun of a minority for their existence, but you do you.
I thought the offensive part was the thing about a word derived from "straight" meaning "stupid or rude person", presumably being a reference to heterosexual people, not the Trump thing.

Considering the vast majority of people are stupid and rude, and also the vast majority of people are straight, statistically it's true... and at least I'm a rude straight person* so getting offended by something that's true is... well... I guess sometimes insults that are true do hurt the most if we're in denial about something, so I guess it makes sense. I guess straight people who're not rude might be sensibly offended by it, too?

*Because apparently bisexuals aren't LGBT anymore... and I am statistically attracted to more women than men, and not into beefbears, so I may as well be 100% straight.

But yeah, I don't think it's the same as if it was a word derived from eg. gay that meant "stupid or rude person" since homosexuals are a minority and heterosexuality is the norm. Maybe in the future there will be just as many homosexuals as heterosexuals (and as many transgender people as cisgender people) and it'll be seen as just as much the norm, but that's a pretty distant future even in the most progressive societies.

Comparing all straight people to Trump could well be offensive, though, I think...🤔 But eh, I'd be more offended by strat having negative connotations because strats are not bad guitars, even if some would swear on their lives that they suck and would never play a single riff on one.
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Dormouse559 wrote: 17 Oct 2020 05:06
rainbowcult wrote: 16 Oct 2020 23:13If you're about to be offended over that, don't. It's a joke.
Hi rainbowcult, just a reminder that in the House Rules we ask that users not post things they know will offend others. This extends to jokes.
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rainbowcult wrote: 17 Oct 2020 20:32
Dormouse559 wrote: 17 Oct 2020 05:06
rainbowcult wrote: 16 Oct 2020 23:13If you're about to be offended over that, don't. It's a joke.
Hi rainbowcult, just a reminder that in the House Rules we ask that users not post things they know will offend others. This extends to jokes.
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Well, so...back to the topic [:D]

The Dákrā Sea (body of water to the southeast of Manter) is named after my childhood mishearing of "aristocracy" as the name of a body of water: the Eris Dakra Sea. There's nothing particularly aristocratic about this body of water, but that is its name nonetheless.
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I have an undying love of Easter eggs in my lexica, mainly Classical Āirumāli:

Vartá “a shortsighted decision with bad long-term consequences” derives from the Varta clock battery, the nemesis of retrocomputer collectors due to its tendency to explode and ruin mainboards.

Nelāga “adoptive homeland; new home” derives from the former micronation named Nelaga, which occupied land on the fictional planet Micras once home to an advanced ancient civilization named Jasonia.

Several gemstones (namely Árādia “Garnet (p.n.)”, nēpeta “jade”, kànāja “emerald”, térezī “deep crystal”, vriskā “lapis lazuli”, and feferī “geode”) are named after Homestuck characters.

Vjēra “tribe” derives from the viera species in Final Fantasy XII and XIV.

Léssa, which means “abundance” and is the name of a rain- & forested terraform moon that is the older, secondary safir adoptive homeworld, derives from the Russian word for “forest”.

Glàdos “obsessive” should need no explanation. [:3]
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Hālian wrote: 21 Mar 2021 10:15 Glàdos “obsessive” should need no explanation. [:3]
I don't get this one. Does it have something to do with gladiators, or the Everglades?
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Khemehekis wrote: 29 Mar 2021 21:31
Hālian wrote: 21 Mar 2021 10:15 Glàdos “obsessive” should need no explanation. [:3]
I don't get this one. Does it have something to do with gladiators, or the Everglades?
My first thought was

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kiwikami wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:11
My first thought was

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What's that?
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Khemehekis wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:25
kiwikami wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:11 My first thought was

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What's that?
GLADOS, from the popular video game Portal
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LinguistCat wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:27
Khemehekis wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:25
kiwikami wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:11 My first thought was

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What's that?
GLADOS, from the popular video game Portal
Never heard of it.

All you guys keep name-dropping video games and animes I've never even heard of, and then once one of you have mentioned it, all these other people join in the conversation as if they've heard of it too! Huh.
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Khemehekis wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:30 All you guys keep name-dropping video games and animes I've never even heard of, and then once one of you have mentioned it, all these other people join in the conversation as if they've heard of it too! Huh.
A lot of memes were started by Portal, like "The cake is a lie" and a few others. There's even a song, "Still Alive" that was fairly popular online for a while after 2007. Probably just not your time?
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I have a lot of Easter eggs in my lexicons but I usually put them in the proto-languages so they are not obvious. Two old ones I recently came across:

- "sub" meaning "servant" in proto-Sa‘bdi (the surface form is "su")
- "ɖeʂ" meaning "tongue, language" in proto-Nakarian as a nod to DesEsseintes for being my friend ever since I started conlanging (the surface forms are very divergent because of compounding and sound change: ôrạ̉ = tongue, hoθạ̉ = word, ṭutạ̉zi = language, etc.)
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