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Re: deseret conlangcon '99!

From:Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 20, 1999, 20:21
Fabian wrote:

> > > Interesting. In Rightpondia, it's a boink, in Leftpondia, it's a con. Is > > > this difference Pondian, or am I reading too much into it?
And Adam wrote:
> > You're probably reading too much into it.
And finally, on Mon, 19 Jul 1999, dirk elzinga wrote:
> Indeed. As I understand it, the usage 'con' harks to the science fiction > conventions which are held all over the place and often have cute names > ending in -Con. This usage was adopted by social conlangers who try to > organize gatherings of like-minded people for an evening of refreshment > and conversation, and maybe even the creation of a grammatical sketch. > At least that's what Adam and I are planning.
In my perception a "con" is much too grand a word for only four people meeting for half an afternoon and an evening (as we did); the only con I've been to (not counting the Advocacy Gathering, which was more like a roleplaying party) had a Programme and Guests of Honour and a Dealing Room. That's what a con is. I'd never heard of "boink" in this sense before Fabian used it; I *had* heard of it in the American sense (also without the 'i'). On, any informal but publicly announced meeting is a "meet"; for a "con" you have to register in advance, not just say that you're probably coming. Irina Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) (English) (Nederlands)