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It sucks

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, June 18, 2001, 3:35
Aidan Grey scripsit:

> ObConlang: How do you say that something "sucks" in > your lang? That is, how do you express bad quality or > whatever in slang in your conlang?
In Lojban, as I have posted before, *anything* can become an obscenity by prefixing it with "mal-". Correspondingly, there is "zan-" for the favorable sense of something. Thus, "malkalci" would be "shit", "kalci" merely "feces", and "zankalci" would be "manure, fertilizer". The Lojban community uses the term "malglico", meaning "objectionably English", to refer to inappropriate Englishisms in Lojban. -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter


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