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Author:  Birdlang [ Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:54 pm ]
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Bird.
Obviously, the name of the language Bïrd(azûoîli).
Then, the river Kuku (sounds like cuckoo).
And the name for the Classic bird instrument vriba (sounds like vrba in Czech).
And the words
Pymp (pImb) child
Wēlz (we:lz) USA sounds like Wales
Hukka (hUkr\=) lady
Jrûl (dZruUl) to drool

Author:  Toasterbot959 [ Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:55 am ]
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Gá (| ɡeɪ |) meaning Where in Nāzá (Na:zeɪ)

Author:  Imralu [ Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:20 pm ]
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Total coincidence that I just noticed.

Ngolu:

Mari ua na.
be.even/settled NOM.2s.MASC NOM.1s.MASC
= We're even./We're OK. (Spoken from one initiated man to another. Indicates no grudges or ill-feelings, eg. after a fight, cf. German Wir sind quitt.)

It's pronounced [mà.ɾí.wá.ná]

Ha mari ua na?
Are we cool?

Author:  Matrix [ Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:18 am ]
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Southlandic:

Mìc means 'shit'. It is pronounced exactly the same as the English name Mitch.

Author:  WeepingElf [ Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:04 am ]
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Old Albic dram [drɐm] 'bass line, drone (in music), fundamental tone in overtone singing' sounds almost like English drum.

Author:  Dezinaa [ Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:14 am ]
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’iiŋìm:

ipa [iβa]- sound, noise
ki’ti [cɪʔti]- rabbit (sounds like "kitty")
nakpú- whale ([dɐkpu˥] utterance-initially, sounds like "duck poo")
napai [naβej]- navel
uiìkpi’ [wiːk˧˩pɪʔ]- cupcake ("weak pit")
manta [mɐ̃nda]- eat
màp [mɐp˩]- sleep

Author:  Pabappa [ Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:23 am ]
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That reminds me of Bābā katakana "bass (music)", which becomes tatwana in Poswa and wappana in Pabappa. I know kata means "down, downward" in Bābā but I don't have a sensible answer for where the kana comes from. There are 3 roots spelled kana but none of them make sense. All I can say is that I never ever absoleutely ever make a word just because it's the same as some other word in an Earth language. It might have been been that I created a word like kana "bass" as a fourth homophone initially, and then I (or the Bābā speakers) disambiguated it with the prefix. (The immediate prehistory of this language had tones and aspirated consonants and a few more vowels, so it's not unrealistc to imagine four words coalescing as /kana/ They could be kʰàna, konaʕ, kʰăna, kənə̀ for example.)

A new language Im working on, POP3 (short of Proto-Outer-Poswob language family number 3), has a few near misses right now, such as /oine/ "grape" (which almost certainly will develop into /wine/ in at least one daughter language), /rai/ "rain" (a genitive or plural might add the missing -n), /čaifi/ "cave" ( could perhaps develop into /cave/ , though this is less likely than the others because /c/ is probably going to change to /t/ or /š/ almost everywhere.)

Author:  Matrix [ Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:47 pm ]
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Southlandic:

Ganj, pronounced [gænd͡ʒ], is the participle of gaa, which means 'know'.

Author:  Bristel [ Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:35 am ]
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Ercunic

son 'stick, beam'
será 'heel'
sent 'path'
salix 'willow' which happens to look and sound exactly like Latin salix 'willow'.
recht 'law'
rent 'thing, matter'
rein 'point, peak'
oil 'all, every, whole'
molt 'ram, wether, vervex, castrated male sheep'
meth 'decay, blight'
men 'young of an animal, kid'
cur 'pointed, protruding'
crumb 'round, curved'
con 'reason, judgement'
corn 'horn'
comber 'confluence of rivers'
colin 'holly tree'
cold 'destruction'
cent 'first'
coil 'omen'
cant 'hundred'
gust 'excellence, force, endurance'
gel 'white, fair, shining, yellow' or 'leech'
gas 'sprig'
gains 'swan'
worn 'fire'
orc 'pork, pig'
ethan 'bird'
bust 'tail, penis'
bun 'owl, bittern'
bon 'foundation, base'
beth 'birch tree'
bath 'death, plague'
ban 'peak, top'
ash 'back'
art 'bear' or 'stone'

Author:  Ryan of Tinellb [ Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:19 pm ]
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I'm translating "North Wind and the Sun", and have just realised that the Old Ptokan word for breath is this /θis/. It's quite distracting when I'm reading.

Author:  Matrix [ Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:54 am ]
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The accusative singular of the Southlandic word for 'basket' is mandong. Do I even need to explain this one?

Author:  k1234567890y [ Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:45 pm ]
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I think I have a bunch of them among my a priori conlangs.

For example, I found that the first and second singular pronouns of the Old Handapachi language of 1500 BK resembles the corresponding pronouns of Yeniseian languages:

1st singular pronoun: ʔad(resembles the first singular pronouns of Yeniseian languages: Ket āˑ~āˑt, Yugh āt, Kott ai, Assan aj, Arin ai, Pumpokol ad)
2nd singular pronoun: ʔaw(resembles the second singular pronouns of Yeniseian languages: Ket ū, Yugh ū, Kott au, Assan au, Arin au, Pumpokol u)

Author:  YourFace [ Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:14 am ]
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In Tsëmi, the word "to be" is esir.

Author:  Imralu [ Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:04 am ]
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In Wena, the word swampo | zwambo (women's | men's register) means "lake" or "pond". It could also refer to pooled water in a swamp (although "swamp" itself is puswa | buzwa). It's a complete coincidence though. Swampo basically means "still water".

There's also the now already famous homo, which means "tasty thing".

Author:  Soap [ Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:03 am ]
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Author:  zyxw59 [ Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:48 pm ]
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Dnálori has a nominalizing ending for the experiencer of a state, "-twás/-twos/-tus", the last form of which is identical to a Latin ending forming past participles.

Author:  Imralu [ Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:54 pm ]
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Author:  Zaarin [ Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:41 pm ]
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One I noticed in my primary conlang Yasholite the other day is dabboʿ /d̪ɑbˈboʕ̞/ "he wants," which sounds similar to the quasi-roulette game "dabo" /dæˈbo/ from Deep Space 9.

Author:  HerljosScheindorf [ Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:16 pm ]
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In xerossu , I have in exemple :
adoxiß : "down to the end of the road" , adoxis means "humble" in latin.
asava : "love"/"to be in love"/.. , sounds like "ah, ça va?" in french. (hey, are you fine?)
atzoun : "day light" , sounds like "atchoum" in french, onomatopoeia of sneezing
bushido is the name of one of my letters, but it's not related to Japanese "bushido".
nahuatl means "light" and "huatl" means shadows.
ikotl means "input/ouput control of a system" and it's funny because of "ioctl" in english
katlanogktan means "landing bay area" (for discharging goods from space shuttles), and there is the aztec god of rain "tlanoc", thats makes me think of some kind of cargo cult.
kiȑodh "to grasp with ones hand" sounds like "qui rôdde" (which is wandering) in french
koŕlo means "memories" in Xerossu, and it's close to the thibetan word "khorlo" meaning "wheel"
inanuktzcel means "the fur of clouds" and sounds like "in a nutsheel" in english

Author:  mèþru [ Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:38 am ]
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In Khásoitoi, kux /kuχ/ [koχ] means face. It is taken from Koh the Face Stealer, an Avatar: The Last Airbender character.

Author:  Hallow XIII [ Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:07 am ]
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By an unfortunate accident of sound change, the Nyipa word for "dog" is porn, cognate to Ntaratu korun of the same meaning.

Author:  Pole, the [ Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:07 pm ]
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As noted in another thread, Kopoıves word for "to have sex" is reip, which is a pure coincidence.

Author:  Vijay [ Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:31 pm ]
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Author:  Soap [ Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:05 am ]
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Just a few more from Poswa, mostly due to inflectional forms that I hadnt picked up on while just browsing the dictionary. A lot of them seem to involve the vowel squence /ie/.


bastian "profit, markup on an item sold in a store"
bullies "of the pregnant women"
nobellies "of your ice cream" (it would be cuter if the vowels of the last two were switched, but alas, it cant work)
tempo "calamity, emergency" (used in a placename)

edit: I couldnt resist: pižža "his breast milk" (sic). There is no /z/ in the language, and my use of {ž} is just because I don't want to confuse myself when borrowing words between languages.

Any word ending in -a can take the suffix -ble "slave" and create words like
poppable "harvest slave"
potable "green plant slave"
pipable "kidnapping slave"
possible "cold weather slave" (they said it couldnt be done)
pettable "thorn plant slave" (but put on some gloves first)
pumpable "drill slave"
pimpable "theft slave" (maybe this is how they punish people who can't pay their debts?)

And so on. But this -ble "slave" morpheme is archaic and found mostly in fossilized form. There are many other words for slave. Indeed, probably the only theoretical coinage with -ble worth mentioning is
parable "slaves' slave".

Some more contrived ones:

palliate "mermaids' underwear"
pubbies "social network for ducks and geese"

Can make loads of pseudo-Latin words ending in -ius and -ium such as laftinium "to struggle to eat improperly cooked food" but none that I can find that match a widely known English word.

Author:  Jonlang [ Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:05 am ]
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Some from Quebric:

Similar to English words
a I, me
birth heart
con grain
i the
mast food
menú small
mé question particle
my your
nan end
sel one
tin to dip

Similar to Welsh words
ag with, by (as in done by someone)
caran friend
dalon door
e she, her
gan the numeral 0; none; no; negator
gleren blue
gwe female
gwern husband
gwest gate
gwynad father
lain eight
mae good
medi centre, middle, core
mella girl
mi you
mór stone
nain three
rhewed to stand
ti his, her, its
y and; with/by

There are a lot more Welsh ones than I first thought. Many that look Welsh I had to look up to see if they are actually Welsh words. Many actually aren't but they contain many consonant clusters common in Welsh (gw, gl, gr for instance). There are also a lot of Quebric words containing qu so they're obviously not going to feature in either list.

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