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Re: Fave conlangs and essentialist explanations

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 4:19
    Ancient Greek is Proto-Indo-European pidgin with an attitude.
    _Koine_ Greek is Ancient Greek mangled far and wide.
    Modern Greek is _Koine_ Greek mumbled and hissed (pissed).  ;)

Hanuman Zhang  {HANoomaan JAHng} /'hanuma~n  dZahN/
_LILA_ <from Sanskrit> = "Divine Play"  - the 'joyous exercise of spontaneity
involved in the art of creation' (Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)...the play of
creation, destruction, & re-creation, the folding & unfolding of the cosmos...
both the delight & enjoyment of this moment, & the play of [the] God[head]
("the universe is what happens when God wants to play").

_Spielraum_ <from German> = free scope to experiment with things & ideas; to
toy with ideas; room to play in

    WHIM = 1a. a sudden fancy; a caprice. b. capriciousness. 2. a kind of
windlass for raising ore or water from a mine. [17th century: origin unknown]
    WHIMSY (plural forms: WHIMSIES, WHIMSEYS) = 1. a whim; a capricious
notion or fancy. 2. capricious or quaint humour. [related to WHIM-WHAM
]/Italian _capriccio_, French _boutade_
    WHIM-WHAM = a toy or plaything