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by Axiem
02 Mar 2018 05:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4334
Views: 863486

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

By Vectron! Don't you know about Vectron? I thought everybody knew about Vectron , by Vectron! I have a full-time job and am a parent to three young kids, so my awareness of funny videos and pop culture sorts of things is more limited than it was in my halcyon college days, and largely focused on t...
by Axiem
01 Mar 2018 23:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4334
Views: 863486

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

Salmoneus wrote:
01 Mar 2018 22:45
What, by Vectron?
I suspect there's an in-joke or some other media reference here that goes over my head, especially with the earlier reference to a claw. Mind explaining the reference? (As I assume it's not the manufacturer of precision oscillators)
by Axiem
01 Mar 2018 22:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4334
Views: 863486

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

I'd imagine Jupiter's hand is a metaphor for his power. To be altogether honest, the point where this sort of thing pinged me and I started wondering at it was a number of years ago when I read a character swear "By Jupiter's hairy balls!" or something along those lines. So...a metaphor for his vir...
by Axiem
01 Mar 2018 21:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4334
Views: 863486

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

I'm trying to think of an instance of that meaning outside of oaths, and I'm struggling to think of any. It feels more like "by" gained that meaning as a result of being translated from "pro"—so I'm wondering how it got picked instead of "before" or "for" or anything like that. Who said neither of ...
by Axiem
01 Mar 2018 20:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4334
Views: 863486

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

Wiktionary , "by", sense 12 — Indicates an oath: With the authority of. I'm trying to think of an instance of that meaning outside of oaths, and I'm struggling to think of any. It feels more like "by" gained that meaning as a result of being translated from "pro"—so I'm wondering how it got picked ...
by Axiem
01 Mar 2018 18:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4334
Views: 863486

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

swearing by a deity What does it mean to swear "by" something? Like, when I think of how I use "by" in other ways, it's things like the instrumental ("I wrote this by pen") or a location preposition meaning "next to": ("The pen is by the pencil") or to indicate authorship (which is potentially a me...
by Axiem
01 Mar 2018 03:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4334
Views: 863486

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

I am trying to get a better handle on oaths/swears, and how they're derived. It's the sort of thing I use all the time, but don't have any real sense of how they work grammatically. I'll start with a question that's been bothering me: the word "by" in English. So for instance, in the phrase "By Jove...
by Axiem
28 Feb 2018 15:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 1189
Views: 268865

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

I just finished up N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. It's good, and I recommend it. I rather hope the third book wins the Hugo for Best Novel this year.
by Axiem
27 Feb 2018 19:27
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: taking over done ideas and making them interesting
Replies: 16
Views: 10728

Re: taking over done ideas and making them interesting

There's no need to call a rabbit a smeerp. I generally agree with this advice; you shouldn't make up a whole bunch of words just because. However, words do have cultural connotations to readers. Readers do have expectations on what words mean, and what they imply. "Rabbit" is not generally one of t...
by Axiem
27 Feb 2018 16:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

Entleis sounds like an interesting place😉 ... I'm interested to hear more about them and their society. What are dé & shó, for example? So, Entleis. Entleis is a nation on an archipelago eat of Porran, on the western side of the Great Ocean (that doesn't have a better name yet). If you look at the ...
by Axiem
26 Feb 2018 19:03
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

Here Under what circumstances, if any, is arranged marriage allowed? In Mto, Among the Tánsùl diaspora, those that follow the traditional ways (instead of trying to blend in to local cultures), arranged marriage is still the norm; the matriarchs of the diaspora act as match-makers, working with the...
by Axiem
26 Feb 2018 19:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 123214

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

Under what circumstances, if any, is arranged marriage allowed? In Mto, Among the Tánsùl diaspora, those that follow the traditional ways (instead of trying to blend in to local cultures), arranged marriage is still the norm; the matriarchs of the diaspora act as match-makers, working with the moth...
by Axiem
26 Feb 2018 17:14
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: taking over done ideas and making them interesting
Replies: 16
Views: 10728

Re: taking over done ideas and making them interesting

Mto's necromancy (such as it is) is known as thanatology in English, but the world is also running under the idea that what we call "magic", they consider just part of "science", so all of the branches of "magic" are given their (English) names more in line with our scientific disciplines. (In-world...
by Axiem
07 Feb 2018 19:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

I was thinking about this part of the discussion today, and I think I figured out why it feels odd to me: normally, when a god says "hey, THIS is My Name", worshippers go out of their way to either not mispronounce it - or to not pronounce it...YHWH is YHWH is YHWH, and Vishnu is Vishnu is Vishnu. ...
by Axiem
07 Feb 2018 17:35
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

On the subject of keeping score This is all stuff I've considered, and am probably going to go with—especially as that helps remove the question of "why do they let souls into each other's heavens?" I do like the idea of a combined score of some sort, which helps add mystery and alienness to the de...
by Axiem
07 Feb 2018 17:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

*shrugs* an isolate that has since died out, followed by another isolate that has since been sidelined by more populated languages. (named in Sumerian, then battered in Basque, and then worshipped in Spanish and English) In this example, then, I'd still want to know whether to go with the Spanish o...
by Axiem
07 Feb 2018 05:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

just pick some names, and say that that's them after the battering. I'm just trying to figure out for any given deity which is the "particular language" that did the battering. I'll reiterate my earlier suggestion: try writing a page or two...even if you scrap it, it will help. I have scraps and fr...
by Axiem
07 Feb 2018 04:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

do they care? if the point of the sound-name is so humans have something to call them, that's different from how they self-identify...isn't it? Wouldn't you care if a parrot called you a different thing every time it saw you? Human-speak names might still be different than their self-identification...
by Axiem
07 Feb 2018 02:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

Loki stuff Good to know! So much for my knowledge of Norse mythology! (I admit, I've immersed myself more in Greek/Roman than any other) And, what language are they all in, again? well, maybe they aren't in a language? (except the personal private language of that particular god) I mean in terms of...
by Axiem
07 Feb 2018 00:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 66095

Re: Mto

Having thought about it more, I think a lot of it comes down to "What game are the gods playing?" Or rather, how is score tracked? My original conception relied a lot on the Civilization model: each deity got a civilization, and it was an all-out war between civilizations to take over each other, us...