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From:James Campbell <james@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 7:17
In my relentless pursuit of realism (!) for Jameld, and real-life concepts
to translate into it, I realized this morning as I was binning a dead
bluebottle that I have no term for creepy-crawly.

So, a Request For Information:
What terms exist in your nat- or conlangs as a generic for arthropod
creatures? Please specify whether the word is considered childish, or
colloquial or whatever, and please provide a literal translation in English
if possible.

So far I have:
"Standard" (i.e. Dictionary) German: Krabbeltier [crawling-animal]
Dutch: (eng) beestje [animal-DIM; _eng_ = narrow, "creepy"]
...but for these too, I'd like to know how they "feel" to a native speaker.

I feel this is exactly the sort of concept we should be able to express
conlinguistically if our languages are to be fully prepared for real-world
use :)



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