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Okay I made one just now:
蚊閣下が価格掛かったか蛾閣下か価格掛かったか加賀閣下が書かなかった
Ka kakka ga kakaku kakatta ka ga kakka ga kakaku kakatta ka kaga kakka ga kakanakatta.
His Excellency Kaga didn't write down if His Excellency Mosquito cost the price or if His Excellency Moth cost the price.

This is of questionable meaning: "cost the price" makes as much sense in Japanese as in English.

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Shm Jay wrote:
Qwynegold wrote:Hmm... could you throw Lady Gaga in there and make something out of it? ;)


가가 가가 가가 = Was that the Gaga person?
가가 가가 가가 가가 = Was that the gaga Gaga person? [The English word "gaga" is used here.]

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clawgrip wrote:Okay I made one just now:
蚊閣下が価格掛かったか蛾閣下か価格掛かったか加賀閣下が書かなかった
Ka kakka ga kakaku kakatta ka ga kakka ga kakaku kakatta ka kaga kakka ga kakanakatta.
His Excellency Kaga didn't write down if His Excellency Mosquito cost the price or if His Excellency Moth cost the price.

This is of questionable meaning: "cost the price" makes as much sense in Japanese as in English.

Kakka means poop in Finnish, and kakatta means without poop.
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On funny vowel sequences, Spanish:

[ese.ˈð̞ia u.ˈi.a.i.o.ˈi.a.a.ewˈlalja]
Ese día huía y oía a Eulalia.
'That day I was running away and was hearing Eulalia.' (doesn't make much sense, but still grammatically correct)

EDIT: made the vowel sequence even longer.

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From Genoese,
"A éia e âe?"
"Does it have wings?"

Modern Genoese:
"A l'aveiva e ae?"
Italian:
"Aveva le ali?"

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From Romanian:

Oaia aia e a ei.
That's her sheep.
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There is a town in Hawai'i named Aiea, pronounceed as if IPA.
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baradsonoron wrote:From Romanian:

Oaia aia e a ei.
That's her sheep.


From "ovia illa est ad ea" or smt similar, right?
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If we reconstructed the etymons in VL we'd have:
ovem illam illam est ad illa(m).

The Latin word ea is classical and didn't survive; ea comes from illa.
Also the word for sheep is oaie, oaia is already "the sheep" because of the postponed VL article *ilam; and the next word aia is a demonstrative also from ille ultimately.

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"Eeee ee ee", Manx for "she will eat it".


Ο ορανς τα ανα̨ριθομον ϝερρον εͱεν ανθροποτροφον.
Το̨ ανθροπς αυ̨τ εκψον επ αθο̨ οραναμο̨ϝον.
Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν.

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Clearly an Eeeish loan.
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Here is the above in sane orthography:
Ithidh i i. (ScG)

The morpheme breakdown is ee-ee/ith-idh (eat-FUT) so the EEEE is a product of morpheme boundaries and not a thing on its own. Still, this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you should not use the digraph <ee> to spell /i:/.

NB: I don't know about Manx grammar but in Scottish Gaelic this sentence would only work for an "it" that is grammatically feminine.
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ObsequiousNewt wrote:"Eeee ee ee", Manx for "she will eat it".


...y'know, that was in the first post of this thread.

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Rhetorica wrote:
ObsequiousNewt wrote:"Eeee ee ee", Manx for "she will eat it".


...y'know, that was in the first post of this thread.

I searched for it and didn't come up with anything relevant... wonder why.


Ο ορανς τα ανα̨ριθομον ϝερρον εͱεν ανθροποτροφον.
Το̨ ανθροπς αυ̨τ εκψον επ αθο̨ οραναμο̨ϝον.
Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν. Θαιν.

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Laura in Space wrote:Please contribute! By "weird" I mean things which look particularly strange, silly, or peculiar.

To start off with, "she will eat" in Manx is written "eeee ee".

It's pronounced the same in Scottish Gaelic, but is written differently, so this doesn't qualify as weird enough.

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ObsequiousNewt wrote:
Rhetorica wrote:
ObsequiousNewt wrote:"Eeee ee ee", Manx for "she will eat it".


...y'know, that was in the first post of this thread.

I searched for it and didn't come up with anything relevant... wonder why.

In 12 years here I've had the search function produce useful results...maybe 20 times. I've tried to use the search function hundreds of times. Idk, maybe I'm doing something wrong, but if so it's really obscure.
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if you actually want to search for something on this site, it's better to use google and type 'site:http://www.incatena.org' before your query.

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Vietnamese:
Học sinh học sinh học
students learn biology

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Chei. Chei. Chei. Chei. Chei. Chei. Chei.

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學生學生學

Mandarin is lame and calls biology 生物(学). Such party poopers!
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Wiktionary gives the Vietnamese equivalent to 生物学, so somehow I suspect that 生学 is an abbreviation or so?

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Hallow XIII wrote:學生學生學

Mandarin is lame and calls biology 生物(学). Such party poopers!


You mean, like a calque of the Greeklish?

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Oiche mhath sounds strange in some dialect where it is pronounced like to my ears, e:j6 wa:ij.
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Another word I find strange is oiseau in French, it uses all 5 of the French vowels.
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Eeee ee ee. Manx. A phrase with only vowels.
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