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Small Derivational Idea

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Monday, February 23, 2009, 21:34
I was just brushing my teeth this morning, and I looked over
at my lotion (uh...I mean my wife's lotion, sure...), and noticed
that it said the following:

Greasy Feeling!

That seemed odd to me.  Then, of course, I remembered that
what it actually said was:

Non-Greasy Feeling!

(Un)fortunately, something was covering up the bottle in such
a way that it was covering up just the "Non-", so all I saw was
"Greasy Feeling!"  (Oh, I should mention that this is actually
right-aligned text, so I could still read "Clean".)

This got me to thinking: What if there were a conlang that, for
whatever reason, had an alphabet not unlike English's (linear)
and took this seriously?

It occurred that the only way to prevent this would be using an

Greasy = "greasy"
Groneasy = "non-greasy"

Though if you wanted to be absolutely sure, it should probably
be marked with a combination circumfix and infix:

Nogroneasyon = "non-greasy"

This would ensure that the above could never happen.  At best,
one would have to have obscuring columns on either side, and
a very thin one in the middle, but even then, the viewer is likely
to notice that the word "greasy" is longer than it ought to be...

That's my conlanging thought for the day.  :)

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


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