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I was looking through my Awkwords output one day when I found the word òxó and I had to make it the word for angry in Jalo (d͡zaɬo).
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Hana wrote: 01 Jul 2023 07:32 I was looking through my Awkwords output one day when I found the word òxó and I had to make it the word for angry in Jalo (d͡zaɬo).
A visual Easter egg . . . cool! Klingon has one like that . . . 'o' is the word for "aft".
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My Easter eggs are of the etymological kind. For some words in western European languages with unknown or controversial etymologies, I invent Hesperic etymologies. For instance, the Germanic word for 'monkey, ape' "is" from Old Albic pána, which is a loan from another Hesperic language where it originates in a word descending from PIE *peh2-no- that referred to a goblin-like creature, but originally meant something like 'guardian spirit of nature', as its Old Albic cognate phána still does. Another example is Old Albic *segil 'wing, sail', the "source" of English sail; and recently, I "discovered" that Celtic *îsarnon 'iron' is from a Hesperic language where PIE *h2ster- 'star' has become *îsar- (if you are puzzled by the connection between 'star' and 'iron', this is because iron was first known to people from meteorites). This is great fun!
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WeepingElf wrote: 21 Jul 2023 18:00 My Easter eggs are of the etymological kind. For some words in western European languages with unknown or controversial etymologies, I invent Hesperic etymologies. For instance, the Germanic word for 'monkey, ape' "is" from Old Albic pána, which is a loan from another Hesperic language where it originates in a word descending from PIE *peh2-no- that referred to a goblin-like creature, but originally meant something like 'guardian spirit of nature', as its Old Albic cognate phána still does. Another example is Old Albic *segil 'wing, sail', the "source" of English sail; and recently, I "discovered" that Celtic *îsarnon 'iron' is from a Hesperic language where PIE *h2ster- 'star' has become *îsar- (if you are puzzled by the connection between 'star' and 'iron', this is because iron was first known to people from meteorites). This is great fun!
I enjoyed reading this! I love the detail you go into with Albic and your willingness to revise even if the change is great.
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Man in Space wrote: 22 Jul 2023 03:02
WeepingElf wrote: 21 Jul 2023 18:00 My Easter eggs are of the etymological kind. For some words in western European languages with unknown or controversial etymologies, I invent Hesperic etymologies. For instance, the Germanic word for 'monkey, ape' "is" from Old Albic pána, which is a loan from another Hesperic language where it originates in a word descending from PIE *peh2-no- that referred to a goblin-like creature, but originally meant something like 'guardian spirit of nature', as its Old Albic cognate phána still does. Another example is Old Albic *segil 'wing, sail', the "source" of English sail; and recently, I "discovered" that Celtic *îsarnon 'iron' is from a Hesperic language where PIE *h2ster- 'star' has become *îsar- (if you are puzzled by the connection between 'star' and 'iron', this is because iron was first known to people from meteorites). This is great fun!
I enjoyed reading this! I love the detail you go into with Albic and your willingness to revise even if the change is great.
Thank you! It is great fun to me - a kind of fun you just can't get from a vocab generator ;) Indeed, one of my motivations for conlanging (besides exploring questions about the human condition and the meaning of life by means of building my "Elvish" conculture) is my curiosity about prehistoric languages - and the more speculative ideas about them which I could not defend as "real" hypotheses go into my conlangs.
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In Ruykkarraber, anadeu means "strange" or "weird." It's an easter egg for ANADEW.
I was lucky with this, since while anadeu is not a valid root, adeu is ─ and I happened to already have a prefix an-. (It's a generic negator; adeu means "normal" or "expected.")
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Arayaz wrote: 21 Feb 2024 21:49 In Ruykkarraber, anadeu means "strange" or "weird." It's an easter egg for ANADEW.
I was lucky with this, since while anadeu is not a valid root, adeu is ─ and I happened to already have a prefix an-. (It's a generic negator; adeu means "normal" or "expected.")
It's so neat that that all worked out! [:D]
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Arayaz wrote: 21 Feb 2024 21:49 In Ruykkarraber, anadeu means "strange" or "weird." It's an easter egg for ANADEW.
I was lucky with this, since while anadeu is not a valid root, adeu is ─ and I happened to already have a prefix an-. (It's a generic negator; adeu means "normal" or "expected.")
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In Hɛlcɛso, the word for "idiot" is ɛlon, named after everyone's favorite billionaire techbro, Elon Musk (/s). I made this word around the time I deleted Twitter from my phone and moved permanently to Tumblr.
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_Just_A_Sketch wrote: 24 Feb 2024 02:09 In Hɛlcɛso, the word for "idiot" is ɛlon, named after everyone's favorite billionaire techbro, Elon Musk (/s). I made this word around the time I deleted Twitter from my phone and moved permanently to Tumblr.
I would do things like this, except there are too many people I want to criticize.
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Arayaz wrote: 24 Feb 2024 03:00
_Just_A_Sketch wrote: 24 Feb 2024 02:09 In Hɛlcɛso, the word for "idiot" is ɛlon, named after everyone's favorite billionaire techbro, Elon Musk (/s). I made this word around the time I deleted Twitter from my phone and moved permanently to Tumblr.
I would do things like this, except there are too many people I want to criticize.
Understandable [xD]
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I have one word I keep tossing into my various projects: /kaine/, which is the color white. It's a reference to a character named Kaine from the Nier games, who has white hair and a white dress.
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One of my sketch langs from back in college had a word for fish /sikiten/ that was a play on PETA's attempt to get people to stop eating fish by calling them "sea kittens".
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