Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

relative weirdness (was Re: signal and noise ...)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>
Date:Friday, December 14, 2001, 21:06
BP Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:

> At 10:35 2001-12-10 +0000, James Campbell wrote: > > >... which is why I found it so comforting to find Conlang in '96 when I got > >online: "Wow, so many conlangers!" You don't feel quite so weird when you're > >surrounded by equally-weird (or at least, weird for the same reason) people. > > Until your kids tell you what a nut you are who wastes time with fairy-tale > languages... > > That one really shot me down, and I'm still trying to recover. Not that > I'll stop conlanging, but I must find a way to convince them it is > worthwhile. :-(
Well, I have no children to tell me that I waste time with conlangs, but my (elder) brother does the job. When I recently made the mistake mentioning the Conlang Translation Relay in a conversation about translation problems, he thrusted Wittgenstein's infamous argumentation against "private languages" at me, stating that the translations were inevitably meaningless and thus the whole thing a waste of time. When I said, "Well, it is just a game", he said nothing anymore. But then, he always considered me an impractical daydreamer. My parents, however, know nothing about my conlanging. I have learned not to tell anything about my bizarre worldbuilding and related projects quite early, when all I got was utter indifference from my father and sharp disapproval from my mother. (One ought to mention that my mother's parents were protestant fundamentalists, though she herself was not, only unbearably conservative in some respects.) Well, I know that I am somewhat weird - one can tell that from the fact that I like swimming fully clothed (something no-one in my family ever understood either). Jörg.


Joe Hill <joe@...>
Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>Wittgenstein on conlanging [was Re: relative weirdness]