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Re: Origins of the Gay Bearded Left-Handed Lithuanian Conlanger

From:Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>
Date:Sunday, January 27, 2008, 16:53
On Sun, 27 Jan 2008 00:44:50 -0800, Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
> >I decided to search for the earliest reference to gay, bearded, >left-handed Lithuanian conlangers: > >
> >The earliest post that search returns is Christophe's from October 1st, 2002: > >
> >He's clearly referring to an established meme by this point, but >search isn't turning up any earlier messages that have "bearded" and >"lithuanian" in them. Can any older members shed any light on the >origins of this? > > >Thanks, >Arthaey
I recall that these came from one of the discussions of _Lunatic Lovers of Language_ (by Maria Yaguello) in 1998. So far, I've found this: A2=ind9809D&L=CONLANG&P=R2911 A key paragraph: ------------------------------------------------------------ He is an idealist: if he creates a philosophical language, it is to reconcile language and thought; if he creates a language for international communication, it is to reconcile mankind. He is often a man from Central Europe, born in a country divided and torn apart by history: many inventors from the turn of this century came from the Russian or Austro-Hungarian Empires. Mostly, he is a man of the church, a teacher or a doctor, in other words precisely a study-dweller, a man with a pointed beard and gold-rimmed spectacles, as he appears in the portrait gallery which graces Monnerot-Dumaine's book, one of the two "bibles" of interlinguistics. ------------------------------------------------------------ The "man from Central Europe" somehow morphed into "Lithuanian", the first mention of left-handed Lithuanians seems to be here: A2=ind0203B&L=CONLANG&P=R20569 another relevent item is Peter Clark's Poll by Email No. 17: A2=ind0207A&L=CONLANG&P=R12541 I also found a reference to "left-handed bearded gay Luxembourgians". The earliest reference in the LISTSERV archives to "left-handed bearded gay" mentions an earlier discussion. A2=ind9907B&L=CONLANG&P=R1584 -- Jeff


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