Anyone for Gin and Tonic (was Re: Motherland/Fatherland)
|Date:||Friday, June 2, 2000, 7:42|
Am 06/02 15:08 email@example.com yscrifef:
I think I'll bring this one back to the list. Just in case other people
want to order a drink.
> > Maybe the creator is saying to Australasians "You are
> > here!" and where else would we want to be! "Gee,
> > isn't this big!" is a more sensible exclamation than
> > "We apologise for the inconvenience!"
>(For people besides myself and Adrian, we were considering what the
Creator was writing when he/she/G-dself created the Australian continent
with NZ as an exclamation mark.)
> Speaking of hitch-hiker references: consider that bit
> about how every planet develops a drink whose name
> sounds a little like "gin & tonic". It might be
> interesting to compile the scripts for some
> approximation of /dZin@ntOnik/ in a number of different
> For mine, it would be _cynit|onyk_ (/Sin@ntOnik/)
> where the | is an n-shaped diacritic under the t.
>a Brithenig speaker might order a /dZinedO'ni:g/.
Andrew Smith, Intheologus firstname.lastname@example.org
> > > (Hmm... A conscript where the letters are all shapes
> > > of continents and islands...)
> > >
> > But how do you stop writing Asia?
> Well by the time you'd finished, continental drift
> would have changed it all anyway.
> > > Conlangwise, I've been browsing a Welsh dictionary
> > > for nice words to steal. Getting toward the end of
> > > the a's, I have found about six candidates.
> > >
> > Ooooh! Do tell!
> I'm in the d's now. Here's just a few Welsh words that
> are on my list to borrow. It's not completely
> exhaustive - I'd borrowed "peth" (thing) ages ago to
> form my conlang's generic noun marker, and in other
> instances Welsh words have more given me ideas for
> affixes than for actual words. For example the word
> for glands (kilchwyrn) gave me a nice suffix -ryqn
> which I've used to mean "instinct or deeply ingrained
> aeth = pain, grief, fear, shock
> aberth = sacrifice
> (I plan to drop the initial 'a' to form a verb for
> "to do without"
> brethyn = cloth
> awchlym = sharp, keen, acute
> (Although I wonder if it's too pretty a word for
> that meaning.
> cerdd = song, poem; music, poetry
> claf = sick, ill
> canys = because, for
> araul = sunny, sunlit; serene
> asgre = bosom, heart
> (specifically for "heart")