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by Sir Novelty Fashion
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

Sir Novelty Fashion wrote:
ebẽñnẽ prñnawu mẽn. e prñnawatẽ hanadaza hrppi ladi ehbi setideime.

So, I forgot what this is, but if anyone's still interested, apparently it's Lycian.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 163
Views: 57821

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

Quomodo sedet sola sermo, plena populo! Num mortuus est?
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The expression "British accent"
Replies: 43
Views: 13117

Re: The expression "British accent"

Speed of speech has nothing to do with accent, though.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The expression "British accent"
Replies: 43
Views: 13117

Re: The expression "British accent"

I use British and English pretty interchangeably as demonyms. If I want to mean British as in inhabitant of the British Isles, I tend to use Briton. I blame Great Britain. This is totally incorrect. England is a constituent nation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , alongs...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: When "Gothic" means "Dark" Not even Etymologyman can save us
Replies: 8
Views: 5093

Re: When "Gothic" means "Dark" Not even Etymologyman can sav

gmalivuk wrote:Yeah, I had always assumed the modern "goth" aesthetic was meant to refer to Poe more than to Notre Dame.

You mean this isn't considered goth music? :oops:
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

ebẽñnẽ prñnawu mẽn. e prñnawatẽ hanadaza hrppi ladi ehbi setideime.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

goofy wrote:
tiricantam bercunetacam tocoitoscue sarniciocue sua combalcez nelitom necue to uertaunei litom necue taunei litom necue masnai tizaunei litom soz aucu arestalo tamai uta oscuez stena uerzoniti silabur sleitom conscilitom cabizeti


Is this one of the Italic languages? Etruscan, maybe?
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

It's Coptic. :D
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

Sir Novelty Fashion: your last post confused me. If it's Cyrillic, then why would there be omicrons, omegas, etas or epsilons? Assuming the language is typically written in Cyrillic, if all your clues are correct it's a language which is neither Turkic nor Slavic yet uses the Cyrillic alphabet and ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

OK: it doesn't look Slavic, so Bulgarian, Macedonian and Church Slavonic are out. The transliteration looks strange- it must not be a transcription of how it sounds. While Albanian was occasionally written in Cyrillic (and some of it looks like Albanian), I don't think this is Albanian. What else w...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

2 and 3 are Ancient Egyptian! :D (Which is actually Afro-Asiatic and not Semitic - my bad...). Specifically, no. 2 is Late Egyptian (c. 1400-700 BC), and no. 3 Old Egyptian (c. 2300-2100 BC). No. 2 is from the Late Egyptian tomb robbery papyri, and begins an interrogation of a man called Nesamun: <O...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

The last two are from semitic languages, but they're not Arabic.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

By real do you mean they're natural languages? Yes. I'm gonna guess "bad OCR" for the middle one, because I don't know any other language with an equals sign. It's a transcription convention. As I said, none of these examples are in their original writing system. The last two both look co...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

... Now you're just making stuff up. Well done, the Faction is proud of you. :D Seriously, though, those are each from a real language, and each of them is a real quotation. To clarify things a little, though: - None of these is in their original writing-system; -The top-most one contains a phrase ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 98356

Re: Obscure Language Game

epeideper ahah hitootou e s'hai n nshaje etbe nehbeue entautot n het hrai nhetn, kata t'he entautaas etootn ngi nentaunu hn neubal jin n shorp eaushope n huperetec m pshaje, air-hnai ho, eaiouaht nsa hob nim jin n shorp hn ouorj, etras'haisou nak oua oua, kratiste theophile, jekas ekeeime e porj n ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Highest and lowest vowel density
Replies: 18
Views: 17546

Re: Highest and lowest vowel density

Does "euoauae" count?
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 367422

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

JohnGalt wrote:I also started using "bra" ironically, but now I can't stop... Is that a problem, bra?

I suspect that the answer depends on whose underwear you are addressing.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some general academia rant
Replies: 74
Views: 46734

Re: Some general academia rant

Maybe in some disciplines this is the case (classics, for instance), but in engineering, which is the whole point of this thread, such is far from the truth. Ahahahaha. No. Having lived in the same department as classicists, and being in a similar field, no . There is money in your field, and money...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 25134

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

This is why language is cool. The Welsh words look enough like other languages' words for "king" (like German König ). The Czech word for king is král -- and ek/ik is a dimunitive, so possibly "rabbit" - králik - might be "little king". Not having a Czech etymological ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 30297

Re: Nonsensical English...

On the Greek Calends, you should do going-of-the-dog, upon both arms.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: When a language dies, so what?
Replies: 67
Views: 14324

Re: When a language dies, so what?

I'd say a language encompasses a manner and structure of thought. When it dies, we lose access to the living tradition of that way of thinking. On the subject of dying languages, I'd argue that Latin was kept alive artificially by the Catholic Church, really up until the 1960s, when it started to lo...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun May 20, 2012 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How would you pronounce "Sub-Mariner"?
Replies: 42
Views: 12351

Re: How would you pronounce "Sub-Mariner"?

I'd pronounce "submariner" like "mariner", with "sub" on the front. So: "sub-ma-rin-uh". The "ma" should sound like "mat", "cat" or "bat". As for "Namor", I would assume it was pronounced "na- mor ", ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Tue May 08, 2012 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Letter H
Replies: 20
Views: 7375

Re: The Letter H

Well, broadly speaking, yes, but I imagine the words in question were things like hautbois (modern oboe ), rather than, say, "historic" or "hotel", which so far as I know maintain an 'h' in all but very non-U speech, and have been like that for at least a century (since we can pr...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon May 07, 2012 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mimimum number of words for a language
Replies: 47
Views: 12022

Re: Mimimum number of words for a language

I find myself epicaricatic at the cochleal periphrases already performed on the subject of a Teutonic lexeme of such attenuated necessity. :P and I believe there are tribes in Brazil that only use one word for both blue and green. Just to pick up on this, this is not that uncommon a thing with langu...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon May 07, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Letter H
Replies: 20
Views: 7375

Re: The Letter H

Also, in RP (which is roughly the accent of the British upper and middle classes), many words beginning with an "h" have the "h" elided or sometimes voiced so it's less audible, in these cases, the words (such as "hotel" or "historic") do actually sound as if...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "these ones"
Replies: 35
Views: 7319

Re: "these ones"

"These ones" sounds acceptable, but in most cases I'd probably use just "these". The issue of specificity can likely be avoided by selection of a better verb, such as "prefer".
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sarcasm/Irony
Replies: 32
Views: 11472

Re: Sarcasm/Irony

1. Is an American doing it? 2. If 1, then it is not irony. :P Dixit Fowler: "any definition of irony—though hundreds might be given, and very few of them would be accepted—must include this, that the surface meaning and the underlying meaning of what is said are not the same." Sarcasm, to ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend me a good short story author...
Replies: 48
Views: 56916

Re: Recommend me a good short story author...

Another vote for Saki here. Particularly his stories The Unrest Cure, The Schartz-Metterklume Method, and Sredni-Vashtar.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ye olde booke thread. e.
Replies: 31
Views: 7065

Re: Ye olde booke thread. e.

The oldest thing I've read 'cover to cover' in the original that's analogous to a book is probably Papyrus Westcar.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Thu May 26, 2011 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Concise writing
Replies: 23
Views: 4017

Re: Concise writing

What's with this obsession with writing concisely? Is there a word shortage? Are we going to run out of words? I blame Orwell's "If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out" and Strunk and White's "Omit needless words". I say, don't use the fewest number of words, use...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun May 08, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a Free eBook
Replies: 4
Views: 2451

Re: Recommend a Free eBook

Newtons Sleep by Daniel O'Mahony . Don't tell her what it was like. Don't tell her how you had to dig your way out through heavy layers of clay to reach the fresh air, because that would distress her. Don't tell her about the box, because that would confuse her. And don't tell her about the light, ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11361

Re: Media that mixes two or more languages?

So that's where the -om ending in Old Latin comes from! I've been wondering about "Luciom Scipione" for a while, thanks. :)
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is your favorite/least favorite grammatical mood?
Replies: 6
Views: 1798

Re: What is your favorite/least favorite grammatical mood?

Can't really give a favourite, but I hate the Optative.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: xkcd Language
Replies: 11
Views: 2016

Re: xkcd Language

ceterum censeo latinum dicendum est.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Engrish, Etc. - The Funny Translations of the World
Replies: 52
Views: 12453

Re: Engrish, Etc. - The Funny Translations of the World

You guys know about busillises, right? Supposedly, a scribe miscopied the phrase in diebus illis magnis plenae (In those days, [there were] plenty of great [things]) as indie busillis magnis plenae ([In] India, [there was] a great plenty of busillis). Everyone needs some busillis, you know. There's ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 367422

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Porphyrogenitus. It's such a bugger to spell, and there are too many alternative transliterations/latinisations.
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11361

Re: Media that mixes two or more languages?

Having one and the same text in three languages in a sequence is hardly mixing... Exactly. If the Rosetta Stone counts, then so does the Complutensian Polyglot. :P From Petronius: Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Σίβυλλα τί θέλεις; ...
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11361

Re: Media that mixes two or more languages?

Doesn't the Trinosophia of St-Germain mix languages?
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: astrology/astronomy and similar pairs
Replies: 19
Views: 3924

Re: astrology/astronomy and similar pairs

... As opposed to -logy and -nomy? :P
by Sir Novelty Fashion
Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 151821

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

The "hypothetical amnesiac philosopher" viewpoint is precisely the position those of us in the social sciences attempt (or should attempt) to take before examining religion in general or specific. It's a sensible approach, but one of the results of it is that one cannot ask the question w...

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