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Re: Slang, idioms etc. in conlangs

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Monday, March 26, 2001, 22:01
On Mon, 26 Mar 2001, Mark Hutchinson wrote:

> Has anyone out there made up much slang/idiomatic phrases for their conlangs? > Cos I'm a bit of a newbie and would like some tips on slang, idioms etc. I > have a pretty complex inflecting language, and I want a less formal version > for use in the race's normal life. Any tips?
Not a whole lot, and the idioms are "in translation" because I took my primary conlang apart for major overhauling. (I think I *finally* have a phonology-evolution that makes sense and that I'm happy with.) Slang, not much; but idiom is one of my favourite areas of lexis because you can do fun cultural things with 'em. Examples: "to walk the blade's edge": something like "walking a fine line," though often connoting matters of conscience or matters of war (Chevraqis) "to leave with a soldier's salute": to die (in battle); a variant of this is "to salute the Horned Mare," a goddess of birth/death (Qenaren Chevraqis) "the game that is not a game": euphemism for war (Qenaren Chevraqis) If I had time I'd think up some non-war-related ones. <sigh> YHL