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by Lao Kou
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 06:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1458
Views: 121695

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Do you remember, the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders. Drats, where did I leave my sequin pantsuit? ( I love this song, but if I'm honest with myself, I mumbled my way through all the lyrics and then ba-dee-ya'ed it on out at the refrain, be it in a dorm hallway, a...
by Lao Kou
Thu 20 Sep 2018, 03:57
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1458
Views: 121695

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

So as not to derail the original thread: I want to see humanoid insects riding dragonflies. [:D] Speaking of dragonflies, the weather is hot and steamy in Shanghai at the moment, and the dragonflies are out in swarms. They must love this weather. I think dragonflies are a folksy way of gauging barom...
by Lao Kou
Sat 01 Sep 2018, 15:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Conlanger stereotype poll
Replies: 35
Views: 1366

Re: Conlanger stereotype poll

1. cismale 2. gay 3. right-handed 4. American -- originally from Massachusetts, but I think I'd identify more as a "New Englander" 5. father's side: Austro-Hungarian; mother's side: WASP -- we didn't have a whole lot of ethnic cooking or other stuff going on, though I've told elsewhere here tales of...
by Lao Kou
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 08:52
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1458
Views: 121695

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

elemtilas wrote:
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 03:22

Also for Aretha Franklin who passed over the last week or so.
Miss Aretha. Words fail to express.
by Lao Kou
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 02:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1458
Views: 121695

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

RIP, Senator McCain, and thank you for your service.
by Lao Kou
Sun 19 Aug 2018, 04:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Parallel Lexicon Sculpting
Replies: 343
Views: 41766

Re: Parallel Lexicon Sculpting

abdon [ˈab.dɔn] n. vibe(s). Generally means "bad vibes" unless otherwise stated, much like the word "smell." abdauns [aˈbdɔ̃s] n. séance Next: palse [ˈpal.ɕɜ] v. harvest, cultivate; receive; be rewarded, reap the benefits of sth. pals [pals] n. collecting, collection ( of rent ) pal [pal] vi. colle...
by Lao Kou
Sat 18 Aug 2018, 14:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 76283

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Sorry, for the confusion. For me "used in some German varieties" means it's not used in my variety, no matter what is standard. I am also not sure about Briefbeutel . Silly billy -- you didn't tell us how you say "wallet" in your varietal neck of the woods. Personally, I get a little frisson when a...
by Lao Kou
Sat 18 Aug 2018, 09:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 76283

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I think Briefbeutel or Brieftasche are used in some German varieties for wallet Brieftasche was actually the word my German textbooks used for wallet. It was only later that I learned no one uses it and Portemonnaie is the main word for wallet now. Me, I''d just adjust to what the folks in the stre...
by Lao Kou
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 03:55
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1458
Views: 121695

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

For non-native English speakers who may not understand the playground retort, it's (as I learned it): Sticks and stones May break my bones But words shall never harm me Nice playground advice for playground bullying. But words do mean things and the words they engender harm and inform government po...
by Lao Kou
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 14:20
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1458
Views: 121695

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

That, plus Dick Van Dyke, could have influenced my choice. Me, too, I was also thinking Dick Van Dyke. "It's a jolly 'oliday with Mary!" -- not recognizing a little Dutch boy sticking his finger in a dike. :roll: ( As an American, I was not aware of this distinction in American spelling ) Oh look, ...
by Lao Kou
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 08:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 76283

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:chn: 巳 sì "sixth Earthly Branch " and 四 sì "four" :chn: 午 wǔ "seventh Earthly Branch" and 五 wǔ "five" Sounds very confusing! Not so much. 午 wǔ normally appears in compounds like 上午 (forenoon), 中午 (noon, 12:00 or thereabouts), 下午 (afternoon), and 午夜 (midnight, 0:00 or thereabouts) (there are others...
by Lao Kou
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 17:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11167
Views: 737689

Re: What did you accomplish today?

'S okay. [:)]
by Lao Kou
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 17:02
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fish smoking cigarettes
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Fish smoking cigarettes

http://i.imgur.com/0UY28La.png Japoné語 Ô願ille, dja 投guétez pas vos 吸殻 au le 地面 ni! Les 魚 oué ils ga la 夜 ni l'海 cara 出te来rë pour les 吸ï ni, et l'on ga 試mitèrë de les 助quèrë 止mé (禁煙é) ni. Merci. Ônégaille, dja naguétez pas vos souïgara au le djimain ni! Les sacana oué ils ga la yorë ni l'oumie cara ...
by Lao Kou
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 15:26
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fish smoking cigarettes
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Fish smoking cigarettes

cigarette butts ganajdadsüch ← rhüküch them fish víöbsöp ← rhöböch them Hmm, is your gloss correct? It seems to match víöbsöp to DEF . It was not correct. "the fish" seem to have gotten vaporized in the glossing process. It should, hopefully, be correct (and edited above) now. ( A Géarthçins would ...
by Lao Kou
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 12:41
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fish smoking cigarettes
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: Fish smoking cigarettes

http://i.imgur.com/DL5vo8E.png Géarthnuns Hésh la vük ganajdadsüch vau zamsauv çöbögdéaz, híhílel. Chö shebsöv chök víöbsöp la cha haransav, öre rhüküch ba çöpömatíazh dínathauth, kfö seth lav rhöböch vdöirha ban mföbalaf jebeth. Kfazhal síuthta. 2 PL-NOM.NEG AUX.PRES DEF.PL.NEG cigarette.butt- ACC...
by Lao Kou
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 11:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11167
Views: 737689

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I decided to make the Town Speech/Urban Basanawa word /land̥/ "land" and /gɹʊnd̥/ "ground" share the same Kanji, which is 地...as I feel it might be the best choice considering the semantics. With a little prodding, I was able to get my boyfriend to recall how to say 捉迷藏 (zhuō mí cáng - hide-n-seek)...
by Lao Kou
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 11:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 76283

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

... are there any lexemes that are <báo mǔ> in Pinyin that we can add? 薄? 雹? I think what Shemtov was asking, if I've understood correctly, was if there were other words bǎomǔ or báomǔ in Mandarin. There certainly may well be, but nothing else springs to mind, and I'm not particularly inclined to l...
by Lao Kou
Wed 08 Aug 2018, 17:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 76283

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

OMG!! Just found out about this mere moments ago! Put it somewhere else if it fits:

鸨母 [bǎo mǔ] - procuress, madam (of a brothel)
褓姆/保姆 [bǎo mǔ] - nanny, nursemaid
by Lao Kou
Tue 07 Aug 2018, 15:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11167
Views: 737689

Re: What did you accomplish today?

稲子豆 inagaumamée - carob 稲子/蝗 inagaue - locust 霧笛 moutéquie - foghorn ( Bringing the English dictionary count to 666 [}:D]) So nice to see Japoné語 again, even if the Beast is tagging along! Thanks. One was able to move away from the Evil One today. Following 霧笛 yesterday, I ended up on the train to ...