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Re: Conlang Exhibit Photos & Text on Flickr

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 7:46
andrew wrote:
> On Tue, 13 May 2008, Tristan McLeay wrote: >> andrew wrote: >>> On Tue, 13 May 2008, Nomad of Norad -- David C Hall wrote: >>>> Any possibility of a coffeetable book coming out of this? >>> Or at least a disc? >> A coffeetable disc? That would be very large. I doubt anyone has a >> computer/DVD player that could read it! (I'm reminded of the German >> word for "table" which is "Tisch" and etymologically related to disc, >> disk, dish and discus.) >> > I assume that this is an example of Humour Not Marked? I did mean a > computer disc of some species.
Yes it was. Harmless misinterpretations are more fun than harmless correct interpretations, and I see no reason people should engage in the latter when the former is an option.
> If I remember correctly this would mean that German "Tisch" is cognate > with English "desk".
That would make sense. I would assume via Romance --- all the ones with "i" came directly from Latin to English at varying stages. suggests it in fact comes from Medieval Latin "desca", which came from a Romance language, from earlier Latin "discus". There is also "dais", which comes via French. -- Tristan.