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Re: Universe names, was Re: Kalieda climate

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 6, 2002, 1:18
On Tue, Feb 05, 2002 at 06:19:24PM -0500, Padraic Brown wrote:
> Am 04.02.02, Herman Miller yscrifef: > > > On Mon, 4 Feb 2002 03:52:57 -0500, Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...> > > wrote: > > > > >Speaking of which, I really should think up something brainier than > > >"Tairezazh Universe" to refer to the relevant coniverse - it makes about as > > >much sense as refering the our universe as the "English Universe", except > > >that Tairezazh isn't an international language in the way English is. > > > > Well, my coniverse (nice word) was originally called the Olaetian Universe, > > which is pretty much the same problem, although at the time Olaetian _was_ > > a sort of interplanetary lingua franca (a role later filled by Deverrin). > > An interesting problem. I'm sure most of us must have encountered > it. In my own coniverse (agreed, nice word; I move we add it to > our lexicon)
[snip] Cool word, "coniverse" :-) Well, in *my* conculture (conlture? :-P), there is a rather advanced concept of their coniverse. The common laypeople use the word _K00'i_ to refer to the world around them. Interestingly, this word is also associated with grandeur, and has become a slang word similar to the colloquial English "cool!". The Experts (the physicists/mysticists in the coniverse) use the same word to denote a major section -- sphere, or plane, or what-have-you -- of the coniverse. The entire coniverse, the _Pe'rim_, consists of three _3K00i'_ (plural of _K00'i_ btw). _Pe'rim_ also has its own idiomatic uses: it is frequently used to denote existence or non-existence/impossibility. E.g.: yn3 Ta'l3n di mygha'ng3 Pe'rim. (subord) peaceful (aux) monster universe nul,cvy cvy loc nul,cvy loc Literally, "no-peaceful-monster in-universe". This is a strong way of saying "there's no such thing as a peaceful monster!". (_mygha'ng3_ btw, is the nullar conveyant of _gha'ngi_, which refers to humanoid, half-height, hunched creatures in the coniverse, stereotypically regarded as wild, beastlike, and unpleasant.) T -- Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue. -- Yoon Ha Lee, CONLANG