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A weird answer (was: a weird question...)

From:Christophe Grandsire <grandsir@...>
Date:Thursday, September 16, 1999, 7:15
Danny Wier wrote:
> > Hey, has this happened to anybody? > > I made up words for a theoretical conlang (just making up words at random), > and came up with this once: > > I invented the word _kanzi_ for 'girl, young woman, maiden' -- and it turns > out the word for 'unmarried woman' in Malayalam is _kan"n"i_ (n" = alveolar > n). Also, I came up with the expletive _chort_ "bloody hell, etc.", which > happens to be the Russian word for 'devil'. I also came up with _kane_ > 'dog' (compare Italian _cane_), but I think I was influenced on that one > somewheres... > > This is just a few instances of some conincidences. What would be a good > word for this phenomenon? >
Maybe an interference of the collective conscience of humanity :), or a manifestation of a psychic power of yours :). No, "deja verb" is already a very good name for that phenomenon :). Are you sure you didn't know those words (except for 'cane') before ? Because in that case it would be simply an inconscious influence. If not, maybe you're psychic gifted :) .
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