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by KaiTheHomoSapien
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 00:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6577
Views: 495820

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

So...what are your guys' best theories about where the word "femur" comes from? I'm always interested in Latin words of obscure origin [:D]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Thu 19 Jul 2018, 22:20
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1291
Views: 92770

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Family Guy taught me all I needed to know about Roombas:

Family Guy - Roomba

[xD]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Wed 18 Jul 2018, 22:15
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds
Replies: 63
Views: 1435

Re: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds

I'd hazard more a guess of "Sharia": Canon Law doesn't touch on secular matters (at least in modern times) the way I'm guessing the Mantian system probably does. Also, Canon Law is based on Roman secular law, not on anything specific in the Bible. No comparison there. Yeah, Sharia is a closer paral...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Wed 18 Jul 2018, 17:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds
Replies: 63
Views: 1435

Re: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds

Now this is interesting! What are some of the political islam-esque characteristics it shares? It shares mainly the concept of divine law. There are three primary holy texts in the Mantian religion: Paládines (Origins), Hármās (Laws), and Šeppúrnūs (Interpretations). The books are collections of va...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Thu 12 Jul 2018, 16:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1291
Views: 92770

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Ice worked well for me. I put some ice in a ziploc bag and had it on the sting site (which was on my left hand) for about half an hour. After that I couldn't even see the sting site anymore, although it still hurt for several hours after that. I'm just glad I didn't get stung by a tarantula hawk. Fr...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Tue 10 Jul 2018, 22:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1291
Views: 92770

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I got stung by a yellow-jacket this morning. It hurts so much [:'(]

In general I don't hate or fear bugs, but these I loathe. We put up several traps, but there's just so many, there's only so much you can do. At least I'm not allergic.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Mon 09 Jul 2018, 16:53
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 16
Views: 471

Re: Music in my con world, how about yours?

Why not? Brass instruments (as a category) go all the way back to dynastic Egypt. Hunting horns, bugles, trumpets & cornetti I think must all be within the technical capability of folk that can build lutes & flutes! The only real limitations placed on the musical instruments of a medieval-like time...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Mon 09 Jul 2018, 03:08
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2371
Views: 156232

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Modern version of an Estonian folk song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNHZce1TCa8

Bizarre, but I love the sound of the Estonian language [:)]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Sun 08 Jul 2018, 16:59
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds
Replies: 63
Views: 1435

Re: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds

I have what might be described as a "universalist" approach to religion: I believe there is some truth to be found in all religions, that there is no "one true religion", but that all religions are an attempt at accessing the Creator. Because of this, I've long been interested in the world's religio...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Sun 08 Jul 2018, 05:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 16
Views: 471

Re: Music in my con world, how about yours?

I wish I were more musically talented so I could give this more thought; I would love to be able to compose songs in Lihmelinyan, as I think languages are really at their most euphonic when they're sung. The Medieval-like time period of my conworld places some limits on the possible music or instrum...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Sat 30 Jun 2018, 21:52
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1291
Views: 92770

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

It sure was weird to be driving through Carson City, NV yesterday and see a Lihmelinyan word on a freeway overpass: https://i.imgur.com/J7Z0iXf.png ( ušewe means "we (both) saw" in Lihmelinyan). Actually this is the Washo name of a particular street in southern Carson City ("Ušeweʔ Wat'a") as this p...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 16:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1291
Views: 92770

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

^You think that's crazy--consider the $4000 DigitalStorm Aventum:

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Gaming PCs follow the law of diminishing returns. After a certain point, it's just silly [:P]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Fri 15 Jun 2018, 16:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1291
Views: 92770

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Welp--it's official: I am a high school graduate [:D] I graduated yesterday afternoon, then we had grad night in San Francisco. The next major stage of my life is dawning...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Fri 08 Jun 2018, 02:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What's your favorite word or phrase in your conlang (sound-wise)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1261

Re: What's your favorite word or phrase in your conlang (sound-wise)?

Thanks elemtilas!

curatarave definitely rolls off the tongue, and I like a word that sounds like what it means. [:D]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Thu 07 Jun 2018, 18:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What's your favorite word or phrase in your conlang (sound-wise)?
Replies: 11
Views: 1261

What's your favorite word or phrase in your conlang (sound-wise)?

Do you ever come up with a word or phrase in your conlang that just sounds very euphonic, i.e. it's your conlang's "cellar door"? estéleget - /ɛ.'stɛ.lɛ.gɛt/ he was awaiting, expecting; he was waiting for, imperfect of steleg- to wait for. I was doing some conjugations and realized I love the sound ...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Mon 04 Jun 2018, 04:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lihmelinyan
Replies: 26
Views: 4542

Re: Lihmelinyan

I didn't think of that, but I like that idea [:)] It might be a little on the informal side, but it could be attested in everyday speech.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Sun 03 Jun 2018, 05:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Scripps National Spelling Bee
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: The Scripps National Spelling Bee

You've completed the Preliminaries with a total score of 30. The score necessary to advance to the Finals of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee was 28. Cool [:D] I did better on the spelling than on the vocab. I got only two spelling words incorrect, pataphysics and bocconcini. I got lucky with ...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Tue 29 May 2018, 06:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lihmelinyan
Replies: 26
Views: 4542

Re: Lihmelinyan

More Ablaut I wanted to say a few additional things about ablaut. Here are some general ablaut patterns you might see in Lihmelinyan: a -> e, ∅ e -> ∅ ē -> e ā -> a au -> u eu -> u we -> u ye -> i ai -> i ei -> i el, al, le, la -> l, ḷ er, ar, re, ra -> r, ṛ You can see this most obviously in nouns...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
Fri 25 May 2018, 03:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Vexillological linguistic families
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: Vexillological linguistic families

What about the RWB Tricoloric family? Puzzling this one out has stymied linguists for centuries. My proposal: Southwest Tricoloric = Dutch, Luxembourgish, Serbian, Croatian, Paraguayan(?) Northeast Tricoloric = Russian, Slovenian, Slovakian The coats of arms in Slovenian, Slovakian, Croatian, Serbia...