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by bulbaquil
Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29439

Re: Venting thread that excludes sirdanilot

For the life of me I can't figure out why MS Word hyphenates "dwarven" as "dwa-rven", unless /rv/ is somehow a legitimate syllable onset in the Redmond dialect of English.
by bulbaquil
Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: Dheknami
Replies: 51
Views: 15616

Re: Dheknami

My guess on this is that muchye refers to the same animal Verdurian bardinó does, and bardinó is translated coyote.
by bulbaquil
Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The dream thread
Replies: 1807
Views: 130781

Re: The dream thread

I dreamed the US and Russia had decided to settle the Ukraine dispute with a basketball game instead of a war. Regulation play ended in a tie, 82-82. Didn't get to see what happened in overtime because I woke up. I'm not sure what significance the number 82 has in this - 1982 was the year the Falkla...
by bulbaquil
Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Con-Programming Languages
Replies: 25
Views: 4274

Re: Con-Programming Languages

The conculture's off-computer mathematical notation would need to be taken into account as well - in most programming languages, we type something like "if (x < y)" rather than "if x is (strictly) less than y". This may present its own localization challenges if your conworld does not have a univers...
by bulbaquil
Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: Shrayom
Replies: 81
Views: 22709

Re: Shrayom

Soa imonelirea voyorië - tšure!
by bulbaquil
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Linguistic Quackery Thread, take 2
Replies: 812
Views: 100952

Re: Linguistic Quackery Thread, take 2

Drydic Guy wrote:Really, he lost me with
Many years ago I noticed strange similarities between Irish and Serbian mythology, language, toponymes and hydronymes
What the heck is a "hydronym" even supposed to be? A word named after a body of water?
by bulbaquil
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:04 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The dream thread
Replies: 1807
Views: 130781

Re: The dream thread

I had a rather awesome and yet annoying dream because I should have gone lucid at a certain point and yet didn't. I (my dream self) was sleeping in my bed when I heard some rustling going on and found someone who was supposed to be my coworker rummaging through my backpack apparently trying to steal...
by bulbaquil
Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 96489

Re: Confusing headlines, and other trips down the garden pat

Front and center on my Google News:

"Michelle Obama takes on heckler before crowd"
Did she take on the heckler in front of a crowd, or did she take on the heckler prior to taking on the crowd?
by bulbaquil
Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: One-syllable words with specific technical or rare meanings
Replies: 313
Views: 46508

Re: One-syllable words with specific technical or rare meani

Several rather specific animal names: drake (male duck) flange (a group of baboons) jill (female of various animal species) jack (male of various animal species) sawt (a group of lions; "pride" is more common and, in that sense, is quite technical) shoat (recently weaned piglet) Then there's also pi...
by bulbaquil
Thu May 16, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: What if William the Conqueror had been defeated in Hastings?
Replies: 52
Views: 6701

Re: What if William the Conquerer had been defeated in Hasti

KathAveara wrote:All it means is we never got the core vocab that we did get, plus whatever orthographical nightmares came with.
This is the most important part.
by bulbaquil
Thu May 16, 2013 6:29 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: What if William the Conqueror had been defeated in Hastings?
Replies: 52
Views: 6701

Re: What if William the Conquerer had been defeated in Hasti

Yes, but not exactly. A Norman defeat doesn't necessarily mean the English would be spurred towards maintaining "linguistic purity" - there would still be Greek/Latinate loanwords, just not necessarily as many, and not necessarily with the same connotations.
by bulbaquil
Sun May 12, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The dream thread
Replies: 1807
Views: 130781

Re: The dream thread

I dreamed I was updating, as a job, a database of people's progress in Pikmin Let's Plays, while watching a weird trivia game on which most of the questions were questions about previous iterations of the trivia game.
by bulbaquil
Thu May 09, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: What if William the Conqueror had been defeated in Hastings?
Replies: 52
Views: 6701

Re: What if William the Conquerer had been defeated in Hasti

Hallow XIII wrote:Now that I think of it, you might want to give William the Conqueror his proper name in the title... ^^
William the Would-Be Overrunner?
by bulbaquil
Wed May 08, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: What if William the Conqueror had been defeated in Hastings?
Replies: 52
Views: 6701

Re: What if William the Conquerer had been defeated in Hasti

I don't see an English with a defeated William the Conqueror looking identical to Anglish. There would be borrowings, but likely not as many. For meats, we'd likely just use the animal name as we do for chicken , turkey , and other more "exotic" forms of meat that we don't have a French-derived word...
by bulbaquil
Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 96489

Re: Confusing headlines, and other trips down the garden pat

More, these all from the New York Times' U.S. news main page. "Charlotte Mayor Is Chosen as Transportation Chief" 1. "The mayor of Charlotte is chosen..." 2. "Someone named 'Charlotte Mayor' is chosen..." (cf. Melissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo) "California: Prisons Ordered to Move Some Inmates" So in ...
by bulbaquil
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Siųa
Replies: 104
Views: 18235

Re: Siųa

I love that you are providing your cultural explanations in Siwa as well as in English. A rather useful way of building the language, that.
by bulbaquil
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 96489

Re: Confusing headlines, and other trips down the garden pat

"Marine biologists probe cause of sick sea lion pups" 1. [Marine biologists] probe [cause of...] (i.e. the marine biologists are probing the cause) 2. [Marine biologists probe] [cause of...] (i.e. a probe of marine biologists is the cause) "Abu Dhabi plans financial free zone, may resemble Dubai" 1....
by bulbaquil
Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The dream thread
Replies: 1807
Views: 130781

Re: The dream thread

I had a dream in which I was walking through this expansive video-game world analogous in general setup to a stage from Super Mario 64, but with better graphics. Then a dragon showed up and started breathing fire at me, so I had no choice but to climb into the pipe that was near me. Fortunately, the...
by bulbaquil
Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conphysics and Calling a Rabbit Smeerp
Replies: 10
Views: 1854

Re: Conphysics and Calling a Rabbit Smeerp

You're mostly right, though I think if electrons were snowflakes they wouldn't be electrons any more, if you see what I mean. It's clearly a spectrum. Right. For me, the salient criteria that would justify calling something an "electron" are twofold and as follows: 1. It is microscopic - you can't ...
by bulbaquil
Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: national anthems of Almea
Replies: 17
Views: 4390

Re: national anthems of Almea

zompist wrote:I thought I had mentioned somewhere that Verduria's anthem is "Far above Eärdur's waters", but apparently not.

For Dhekhnam, let's see... "Who's that Gelálh"... "Workin' Gelálh"... "Gelálh Just Wants to Have Fun":.. OK, maybe not.
"Sharp Dressed Gelálh", perhaps?
by bulbaquil
Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 65886

Re: Help your conlang fluency

bē ʂapɔ̄dēɳu bɛn āwɛdit ond bɔsādɛva sfoɖa: kāʐ skyrtāv prētɛzaɬjɛ fim ɔlu ɣa lōmaktī ʐɛ kāʐ būlurɛk mȳse āwɛdɛ timū bē bɔsa. bjō māgjeɳɛtɛʂi umpixātɔn ānø̄l fim baru tāsvɛ̄ bɛn bosɬāɣ ɣa stylmī agērɛv. the.abs story the.gen make:NMLZ 1s.dat conworld new: a.lat twelveyear together-come.pst the.pl.a...
by bulbaquil
Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 65886

Re: Help your conlang fluency

Allöna, ma naidi kapissu samaguųa "nouseđi leen lęęnda runduųat" :P Ąlihnahi njęn ąŧad śalen, sųa anduhho sę kulas loudammiusen! Drat, I seem to have caught "perpetually changing basic elements"-itis :P Even being 9 years old doesn't protect Sjal from improvements! ɽēdon ɛm irēr da vɛ̄l hūn speak:P...
by bulbaquil
Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Official ZBB Quote Thread
Replies: 2878
Views: 343241

Re: The Official ZBB Quote Thread

Jerian wrote:[
b̰æ̰k̰ ɪ̰n̰ m̰ɑ̰ḭ d̰ḛɪ̰, w̰ s̰p̰o̰ʊ̰k̰ t̰ʰṵʊ̰ æ̰ṵʊ̰r̰ ɛ̰l̰d̰ɜ̰ʁ̰z̰ w̰ɪ̰θ̰ ə̰ b̰ɪ̰t̰ m̰r̰ r̰ɛ̰s̰p̰ʰɛ̰ʔ̰t
Really?
by bulbaquil
Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 65886

Re: Help your conlang fluency

itara ɖistua fim kjaʂārɛk bɛn rūmāʂ.
perhaps get.rid:IMP def.pl.abs differ:NMLZ def.sg.gen long:quality

Get rid of the length contrasts, perhaps?

(Apparently my brand-new abs/erg conlang becomes nom/acc in imperatives... go figure.)
by bulbaquil
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: So malsfaom ďin et muatë
Replies: 3
Views: 2302

Re: So malsfaom ďin et muatë

Yiuel Raumbesrairc wrote:Do you want to play a D&D game in Almea :-D
Maybe. Maybe not.

Hardest part of the translation IMO was, somehow, remembering to use definite articles. Still not entirely sure I put them in the right places...