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Re: Conlang word easter eggs?

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One of the best Easter eggs ever:

https://www.frathwiki.com/Iljena/dictio ... Noun_roots

^ Look at the last entry on this page.
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Khemehekis wrote:
05 May 2020 20:24
One of the best Easter eggs ever:

https://www.frathwiki.com/Iljena/dictio ... Noun_roots

^ Look at the last entry on this page.
also brd -bush
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qwed117 wrote:
05 May 2020 20:30
also brd -bush
Hmmm . . . come to think of it, I can see quite a lot of "familiar" roots:

bsk
wood
(bosque)

dms
house
(domus)

dnd
tree
(dendron)

dnq
a species of pack or draft animal
(donkey)

fkt
craftsman
(manuFACTure)

frg
part
(fragment)

frs
strong thing
(force)

fst
festival
(Duh!)

hmn
human
(another obvious one)

jqt
type of tree with deciduous bark from which fibre may be obtained
(jute)

kfn
family
(kinfolk?)

kns
a species of sociable, domesticated carnivore
(Canis)

knw
outrigger
(canoe)

kps
body, noun root
(corpus)

kpt
head
(caput)

krj
virtue, moderation, goodness
(courage)

krt
map
(carta)

kvs
bird similar to a raven
(Corvus)

mhg
a species of tree
(mahogany)

nkn
magic, spell
(necromancy?)

nrt
story
(narrate)

nvs
shxp
(navis)

nwn
the bright day: one of two periods when Leyen usually sleep
(noon)

plt
512, many, multitude
(plethora)

prb
trouble
(problem)

prk
nearby thing
(proximity)

prl
danger
(peril)

prm
first one
(prim-)

psn
somebody
(person)

skf
boat
(scaphe)

srp
juice, sap or nectar used to sweeten food
(syrup)

sng
love
(song?)

spk
language
(speak/spoke/Sprach)

stl
manner
(style)

stv
hunger
(starve)

tld
child
(toddler?)

trf
truth
(truth)

trt
third one
(tertius)

tvs
you
(tu & vous)

vrv
living being
(verve?)

wfr
journey
(wayfarer)

wns
we
(uns)
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Birdish has plenty
kasanóva /ka.sa.no.βa/ white knight (from Casanova)
kvīcentan /kviːt͝ɕ.ʔɛn.tən/ rubber duck (from German Quietscheenten) (I collect rubber ducks for one of my hobbies)
ênja /eːn.d͝ʑə/ duck (from Dutch eentje)
ongsa /ɔŋ.sə/ swan (from Indonesian angsa)
gāñsa /gãː.sə/ goose (from German Gans)
kwīka /kwiː.kə/ traditional single tone reed instrument used in avian celebrations similar to a party horn (from squeaker, which is simply a kind of reed whistle)
didi /di.di/ ballad (as in the popular music genre) (from a famous in Indonesia and Suriname Javanese singer)
añvezāñt /ə̃.βɛ.zãːt/ masquerade (from my favorite Pokémon)

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There are some good examples in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7164

I couldn't think of what to call this phenomenon when I posted that thread, but "Easter eggs" is a good term.

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KaiTheHomoSapien wrote:
06 May 2020 06:53
There are some good examples in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7164

I couldn't think of what to call this phenomenon when I posted that thread, but "Easter eggs" is a good term.
It's funny because I was just about to merge these two old threads when one of them was suddenly revived..!

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Aszev wrote:
06 May 2020 10:08
It's funny because I was just about to merge these two old threads when one of them was suddenly revived..!
I was about to suggest also merging the newest word thread, since the Easter egg back story was what I was aiming for. I didn't know either that this phenomenon was called an Easter egg.

A couple of Easter eggs in Ivook are:
- BBN babin 'soft, cuddly', from one of my cat's many silly pet names.
- QCD atsid 'grandmother', from the name of my grandmother.

And a bit more random:
- UM um 'cloud' - IIRC from the name of actress Uma Thurman, she plays a superhero in some movie, I think, thus sky and clouds, probably.

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Allekanger wrote:
06 May 2020 14:59
Aszev wrote:
06 May 2020 10:08
It's funny because I was just about to merge these two old threads when one of them was suddenly revived..!
I was about to suggest also merging the newest word thread, since the Easter egg back story was what I was aiming for. I didn't know either that this phenomenon was called an Easter egg.
I think the two threads are fine as they are, since they (perhaps despite your original intention!) are quite different in their focus. 🙂

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I've got a few in one of my more substantial conlangs, Jená:

  • piju /piːu/ v. to emit, shine, radiate
    • Made this because lasers go pew
  • divo /divo/ adj. strange; eccentric
    • Based off DEVO, one of my favorite bands
  • árkáẑ /ʌɹkʌʒ/ n. architect
    • Based off Arkas, a lets play youtuber I used to watch who was very good at building and designing things
  • blekk /bleːk/ n. albumen; goop
    • Based on blech, the sound you might make when you encounter goop
  • lamarr /lɐmɐːɹ/ v. to attach, adhere, affix
    • Based on a certain debeaked pet headcrab owned by Dr. Kleiner
It's always fun to hide some references here and there. Plus it makes coming up with new vocab easier too at times :p

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I don't have a lot of Easter eggs in my main project due to phonological constraints, but I fit them in there where I can.

The verb for "travel" is "kino," which is the name of the protagonist of an anime I like, and it's about a person who travels between various countries.

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The Ábḫanni word for 'cat', habái [ɦɐˈβáɪ̯], I got from putting my cat's name (as close as the phonology could allow) into my protolanguage and evolving it. I doubt anyone could guess what his name is lol. (And it's further complicated by the fact that the Ábḫanni word isn't a direct phonological descendent of the proto-word: the direct descendent is habáiyi, which was at some point reanalyzed to be the plural of habái).

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EvanFyous wrote:
14 May 2020 16:12
lamarr /lɐmɐːɹ/ v. to attach, adhere, affix
  • Based on a certain debeaked pet headcrab owned by Dr. Kleiner
Who's Dr. Kleiner? Is he some guy with the first name Lamar?
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Khemehekis wrote:
18 May 2020 19:06
Who's Dr. Kleiner? Is he some guy with the first name Lamar?
Dr. Issac Kleiner is a character from the game Half-Life 2. Lamarr is his pet alien.

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EvanFyous wrote:
18 May 2020 21:36
Dr. Issac Kleiner is a character from the game Half-Life 2. Lamarr is his pet alien.
Oh. No wonder I didn't get the reference. I don't play video games.
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