Category: Infrequent IRC-Quotes


Example: Sistenha mi’la’kimeh sismesu’het’sy ixunus omeh.
System 3S-PST-crash screen-INSTR death blue.
The system crashed to a Blue Screen of Death.

This happens far to often with the windows boxen I had the misfortune of dealing with at home. Most infamous was a Win2k box which crashed repeatedly 4-ish seconds after reaching the graphical modus. It turned out to be a driver SNAFU of seemingly epic proportions.

Rejistanian OSes also crash. And they would probably do it much more like a Linux box would than like a Mac which only says that a kernel panic happened. A rejistanian OS would likely relay the complexity to the users. It is what the OSes did in the times of old. Rejistanian computers are still a bit resembling of the 486s of older times. One of the ideas behind rejistanian computer technology was that the increase of processor speed was no longer feasible after a speed of about 100-ish MHz (1 tenth of where it is here). This is why rejistanian systems are quite different from the boxen which are used here.

The term ‘kimeh means not only to crash but also to stumble. The idea behind it is the idea that the computer made a wrong step and fell onto its face. Kimeh means crashed and a kimeh’het is a crashed system.

And there have been IRC quotes again:

{ Rejistania} rejistanian is a real language
{ Novikov} A real dead language.
{ Rejistania} heh
{ Novikov} One non-native speaker left.
{ Rejistania} yeah
{ Novikov} Or is that your native tongue?

{ Novikov} It’s just not for me.
{ Novikov} Although I admire the amount of tenacity and sheer craziness that went
into your creating Rejistanian

Example: Xe’rala’ki Google’sy ,xe’atamu, yke.
1S-PASS-know google-INSTR ,1S-popular, thus.
I am known by Google, thus I am popular.

It is even true:

[ lucky] MalfermitaKodo, rejistania(n) showsup in google auto complete now
[ MalfermitaKodo] *lol*
[ MalfermitaKodo] seriously‽
[ lucky] yes
[ lucky] at least for my localization
[ Twey] Haha!
[ MalfermitaKodo] oh, lol, it does too for Ireland
[ lucky] rejistanian About 25,600 results (0.33 seconds)
[ lucky] all of them about your language.
[ Twey] registania → ‘Did you mean: rejistania’
[ MalfermitaKodo] :o
[ lucky] hah
[ Twey] It also came up in the auto-suggest box
[ MalfermitaKodo] I am internet famous
[ lucky] Google has assimilated you, MalfermitaKodo.
[ Twey] Haha
[ lucky] up next, translation services.
[ Uiri] lol

Well, about the word, it can mean something like famous, but without the implication to be famous like Paris Hilton for basically nothing but scandals and parties. It has the implication of good popularity, not being infamous. Atamu’he is a popular person, atamu’tan is popularity or fame.

BTW: there were 286 comments on this blog when I started writing this posting. An unremarkable number? Probably, but the zweisechsundachziger (286er) of my parents was the first computer I ever used (oh $DEITY, I feel old).

This reached me via Jabber today:

(Mikoangelo) You should write an article on RWotD about colloquialisms and stuff
(Mikoangelo) so I can learn how to say stuff like “no way!” and “for realz‽”

Rejistanian used to be not a very colloquial language. People turned to their native languages if they wanted to speak colloquially among each other. However, the various migrations changed this to a point and colloquial rejistanian emerges. It is mostly defined by a different way of speaking. I explained colloquial rejistanian grammar already a bit. Generally, the noun-classes won’t be marked and neither will be the tenses. Various things won’t be used unless there is a very good reason to, like the various subjunctives (except oki for emphasis) and the passive voice. Forms with ‘aru will be replaced by state-verb constructions when possible (and where not quite possible but you see yourself able to escape the grammar police ;) ).

This means that a sentence like “Exkola’het mi’la’aru kaeda sijah.” (school was boring today) turns into something like this: “Exkola mi’oki’kaeda sijah” (school/teacher/education.system was/is/will.be surely be.boring today).

Colloquialisms which exist are mostly metynymies and inside jokes. As such, a given community might call their school “Sede[ha]” because it is the “Exkola’het Hank~hila Sede” or “axiri['het]” (beach) after that one first day of school where they all dressed up (or rather down) in swimming clothes as a practical joke. Not all are though: In the example of the schoolday, the term ‘derek (which means old and in bad shape) is also used for ‘boring’.

That said: There were specific sentences, which were asked for: “For realz‽” would be “Tye su‽” (real/actual QUESTPART). “No way!” would either be something like “Mi’aru’ta!” (literally: it does not exist!) or a bit idiomatically: “Xatri['tan] nil ry’ra!” (literally: zero times in 100). The etymology of this expression is not quite clear to me as of yet. It probably is related to incorrect understanding how percentages work linguistically.


An interesting search reached my blog as well: Someone metacrawled* for “kenlentine’ny mje’he”. This is actually the name for the council, which is in charge of Rejistania. Kenlentine’he’ny means “joint representatives” and the “mje” which means “one” or here “first” takes the noun class suffix from the noun in the ordinal form. Thus “kenlentine’ny mje’he” means “The first joint-representatives”.

* “to google” sounds odd in the past tense…

Example: Xe’vinsi akem’het naxah ,xe’vana’ta ‘vasu ludu, lija.
1S-drink water wake ,1S-like-NEG (INF)become tired, because.
I drink a caffeinated beverage because I do not want to become tired.

The word ‘vasu is related in meaning to the word ‘ida. They are not the same though. ‘ida refers to more drastic changes than ‘vasu (which tends to refer to changes in the iti’het). It is a somewhat fickle difference, but as my English teacher said “Der Trend geht zum Zweitwort” (second words/terms [ie: synonyms] are the new trend). vasu’tan means “evolution”, both in the biological term as in the meaning of ‘development’ (like in that Evolution of PC Audio Youtube video). Of course, we all know that evolution is just a theory. Just like the theory of gravity, atomic theory and germ theory of disease :þ

In other news: After a world-creation session last night, Rejistanian now officially has more than 2000 words. I am not quite sure what the 2000th word was, so I cannot mention it here.

BTW: Sometimes, people make my day. And to show you how little it takes to do this, I list something, which really made me very happy yesterday:

( taronyu) I really enjoy your word of the day posts, by the way

This was said after taronyu thought that the apostrophes in Rejistanian indicate glottal stops and I explained him what they really are (a way to distinguish affixes from the stem or each other to make the language easier parsable as well as a way to indicate the stress). It was probably not the most clever design decision out there, but I was young when I made it and needed something easily writable (my first rejistanian texts were developed in school by hand). And by now, it has just become a part of the character of the language. And something to make jokes about.

This is stronger than yesterday’s kesaty and a negation. I guess, I should wonder why someone in a rather liberal culture creates a sometimes constricting and more illiberal culture than s/he lives in. The answer of course is that it is fun to imagine it. There were many liberal, utopian languages already and especially in NS there are also many connations like that. Fatatatutti comes to mind. This probably made Rejistania drift a bit into a different area.

However, despite that. If someone offered me a ticket to Rejistania’s capital Sike kali, or the biggest city KaMaRi kali, I’d pack some clothes, my computer and my jewelry (my money would be worthless there, but the gold wouldn’t) and take a cab to the airport.

Example: Nymatu’he’ny min’lonuk ‘xamie lama’he’ny’han.
Priest-PL 3PL-lonuk (INF)have.intercourse child-PL-ALL.
It is taboo that priests have intercourse with children.

BTW: Jalanat has posted in a thread called “You know you play NS too much when…” in Forum 7 (due to the fact that everything in F7 is temporary I won’t link you) and mentioned as one of the points:

…you created a language for your nation that is at least one-tenth as complex as Rejistanian.

Nice to see that I have a reputation for my conlang (even though rejistanian is simple compared to some things out there). And to make sure that the category Infrequent IRC quotes is actually warranted* here something from IRC (about divisasi’het’ny):

(+Rejistania) but for domestic leagues, we still lack something comparable [to the program leagion]
(+Rejistania) Scorinate these 2 divisasi, and then have the winner play the 2nd team in the other one in a playoff’
(@Nth|Tableinating) divisasi
(@Nth|Tableinating) that’s an awesome word

This term can be considered either a good or a bad thing. Traditionally, it often was something bad, unless it was used to explain giving up bad habits. By now, it also can be considered quite liberating to do something new. It reminds me of this XKCD comic. The example sentence actually originates there.

Example: Syjixa’il ‘seve luka’het’ny tuku, syjixa’il ‘jula halek’het’ny rijaku’veri, syjixa’il ‘visko komanu’he’ny’han.
(syjixa-IMP2S (INF)use curve-PL wrong, syjixa-IMP2S (INF)open door-PL sign-ABESS, syjixa-IMP2S (INF)speak stranger-PL-ALL)
Take wrong turns, open unmarked doors, talk to strangers.

BTW: I have no idea what the person who searched for “words every conlang needs” found, but this is a candidate. ;)

And a fresh inrequent IRC-quote: this time featuring Toki Pona jokes (#conlang likes jokes about Toki Pona, it is so easy… ):

* MalfermitaKodo wants to hear the universe song by Monty Python in Toki Pona ;)
( B-rat) oh gods
( xvedejas) hah
( B-rat) please dont ruin monty python with toki pona
( B-rat) IS NOTHING SACRED
( B-rat) :P

And here one related to the new rejistanian font (I am Rejistania there since it does not happen on Freenode):

( Rejistania) http://666kb.com/i/blu3wj9tkh4n5pl6r.png
( Aalnordhavn) Looks like Arabic and elvish
( Rejistania) Aalnordhavn: it is written left to right
( Aalnordhavn) That doesn’t make me understand it any better :P
( Rejistania) http://666kb.com/i/b98qdvym62sxaqip6.gif
( Rejistania) this is a different font
( Aalnordhavn) Am I tilting my head wrong?

After I answered a question on the amount of vocabulary, apparently, Google thinks that I am an expert for all things vocabulary related. Why else would a search for “how to create words for a conlang” hit my blog?

But okay, unknown googler, I will answer your question. Of course, this is my personal take on it and it is probably inadequate for your needs. Feel free to comment which parts you personally consider good, bad or ugly.

Generally, you are in one of 3 stages:

  1. just decided to start
  2. already formed the first sentences in $CONLANG
  3. some form of basis exists

These 3 stages differ. The first words are very important for the character of the language. Later in the development, they can be relegated to legacy terms or even struck off from the vocabulary*, but the damage will already been done. These words are going to appear in each and every of the first example sentences you are going to use. They will greatly influence how you perceive the language. Which words you will coin for this depends on your personal preferences and the culture of the language. A stone age culture might want a term for ‘hunt’, a future tech language might prefer a word for ‘compile’ for the first example sentences. Use something typical. Build a unique feeling for the culture with the first sentence you are going to write. Make sure that the words fit your phonotactics (or change them while you still can) and fit your phonoaesthetics. Try to speak them, shout them, sing them. No, this is not a joke. Singing words makes sure that you avoid too horrible insults to pronuncability, taste and common sense. At this point, developing a feeling for the language is most important.

After you finished the first few sentences and have a stable-ish grammar**, your priorities can change. You probably still have to work on hitting the exact aesthetic quality, but it will become easier. It will however become very important now, not simply to relex English. You now need to think about what meanings a word has. If you are fluent in a different language, it might help you. But here is a random list of things to keep in mind to prevent relexing:

  • Work from sentences. At this point, to look at a list (like Swadesh) probably means to take the English assumptions and meanings and translate them 1:1. Thus, better think about how to use each word in a sentence.
  • Think about what the word means. Take ‘spoon’ and ‘fork': they are both implements to take food and move it into your mouth. The difference is the shape. Maybe you want to have a word for this purpose and specify the exact kind of implement differently. Or think of the difference between ‘to buy’ and ‘to acquire’. OTOH, if you have the feeling that a word mushes two meanings together, think of the meanings separately (right can be the antonym of left and of wrong).
  • Think about your culture: If your conculture uses chopsticks for eating (or the right hand), the words for ‘fork’ and ‘spoon’ might be complicated terms or loan words from a language of a culture which uses them.
  • Base your vocabulary distinctions at least partially on a foreign language, best of course, is one you are fluent in. If a language which kinda fits the culture already exists, an online dictionary might come in handy: translate a term into a target language (which fits the perceived quality of the language) and take one of the the translated terms and re-translate them into English. Or ask someone who knows the language.
  • Consider usage: Maybe a certain word which your L1 uses intransitively is used transitively in $CONLANG, maybe it is the other way around. Maybe there is a choice where English does not allow one, maybe a word which is almost exclusively used in passive voice (frex: to get relegated) is used in active voice in $CONLANG (German uses absteigen), or the other way around (English uses to assign a grade, but rejistanian ‘rala’sidekhir runa which literally means “to get reached a grade”), maybe the meaning is more general, more specific, more polite, more vulgar and maybe it has different connotations.
  • Consider existing vocabulary. Given existing Unabsteigbarkeit of your language*** you might be able to derive or compound the word. Remember here that it has to fit the culture. Remember also, that many languages do compound verbs (Rejistanian has many verbal compounds with ‘visko for “to speak”. Some examples are ‘ytinvisko=to.change-to.speak: to translate, or ‘idavisko=to.turn.into-to.speak: to declare). Or express it idiomatically.
  • There are always onomatopoetic expressions to fall back to (‘iaia for ‘waking up with a hangover’ for example is supposed to sound as it feels). And even when you are not using a strictly onomatopoetic word, think about whether the sounds represent what the meaning represents. Maybe create own onomatopoetic rules (rejistanian for example often uses the u as only vowel in stems with an unpleasant meaning).
  • Maybe there is no term. This does not mean that there is a Sapir-Whorf component involved, there can be many reasons why ‘they have no word for it’. Many English speaking countries do have democratic governments despite the lack of a word for ‘kandidieren’ (they say: to run for office) and they seem to dislike work as well but lack a word for ‘Feierabend’ (the end of the workday as well as the time after work). Maybe $CONLANG has no word for something $NATLANG considers important (rejistanian for example lacks a word for ‘art’, mainly because its definition is so wishy-washy that I cannot get to the associated concepts behind it).
  • Write it down. Not only the general idea, but also things like connotations and usage.

From this level on, you can start using The Method, described below, however still remember that the first words shape the character of the language rather much. An example for this is probably ‘sidekhir. Its original meaning is “to reach”. Not only has its meaning expanded into many different areas (to arrive at a place, to get a mark, to get/change into a state), but its at that time dubiously-legal became quite common. (This is not necessarily a bad thing. Maybe you will like the place you reach when something seemingly random influences your language.)

You have made it into the next stage? You don’t know? Well, if you find that you actually can say things without constantly coining vocabulary, you are out of the hard area and probably have established enough feeling for the language to think of the pitfalls of relexing automagically. Depending on how different the culture of $CONLANG is from your own, you might always have issues reaching its state well enough to easily figure out how $CONLANG says it, but you are much less unsure about these things. Now you can think of areas of meaning and fill the gaps in vocabulary. At this point, you can probably start to use lists. I personally still abhor it. Lists however are not the only thing, Languages also have terms which might not have a direct equivalent in other languages. Maybe you think that your culture considers certain things important enough to name them (‘xikila means to qualify via 2 different routes and it became important after it happened in my soccer leagues not only once but twice), maybe you personally want a name for something (rejistanian for example has ‘kamandi (to let others down out of laziness, incompetence or bad motives) and ‘selka (to contribute your share of the work or more) because I thought that group work required these expressions). Maybe you want to include inside jokes, there is nothing wrong with that, Klingon does it, Rejistanian does it, Kamakawi does it to a point. I personally use The Method to help assigning sounds to a meaning.

The Method works like this:

  1. open your (alphabetically sorted) $CONLANG to $NATLANG dictionary in a text editor, make the window small enough only to show about 25 lines (using a textmode editor would be ideal)
  2. close your eyes and randomly scroll in the file
  3. open your eyes and look at the first and the last word in it
  4. the new word needs to fit in between there somehow. This will mean that certain changes to meaning are required to fit the ‘feel’ of the word. It also means that the distribution of initial sounds is more natural. The areas which have already many words will gain words quicker than the other areas.

And don’t forget: have fun doing it! :)

* if you are the kind of person who does that. I am not.
** is it ever really stable? That was a rethorical question.
*** I want to establish the word Unabsteigbarkeit for the ability of a language (including surrounding culture) to build new words via affixes. Toki Pona has the lowest Unabsteigbarkeit out there (it is completely isolating), Esperanto is in a completely different league (the word Unabsteigbarkeit is ne-mal-promoci-ebl-ec-o in Esperanto, just without the dashes which are just inserted to show the affixes), pun intended.


There are also new IRC quotes for you:

I fully agree with malvarma: Why does everyone seems to love Quenya?

( malvarma) I think I will learn a language that sounds pretty to me.
( B-rat) learn sindarin or quenya!
( malvarma) Klingon sounds pretty, but it’s too hard.
( malvarma) I think quenya sounds like dreck.

And here a quote just for the lulz of it:

( malvarma) ithkuil does sound nice. lojban sounds like a nerd mating call.


And the word of the day? It is vylisni’het, which means “lip”. Since I know no good example sentence with it, here a bad one.

Example: Vylisni’het’ny’il min’redy takani. (lip-PL-GEN2S 3PL-be.red mature: Your lips are in an arousing shade of red)

This is a word, which is quite strange to me. It took inspirations from many areas, among those Turkish and what little I know of Japanese idioms. I have glossed this word with ‘heart’ and ‘soul’ already when I used it earlier. This word is used in a lot of strange idioms:
‘aru demna’het ama: to be very emotional (to be completely demna)
‘aru demna’het al alna koleni: to react head over heels (to be more demna than reasoning)
demna’het’xe mi’oki’anik: I am very sorry (my demna is certainly low)
demna’het mi’eval: to become agitated/angry (the demna stands up)
demna’het mi’han jvenu: to have fear (the demna goes to the legs)
demna’het mi’lines: to feel strong disgust, to vomit (the demna turns yellow)
demna’het mi’sinit: to be hungry (the stomach is empty)
demna’het mi’vasu itli: to be relieved (the demna becomes light)
demna’het mi’xitri: to be excited (the demna jumps)
‘lil demna’het leji: to be sane (have a correct demna)
‘lil demna’het alte: to have/show sympathy (have the same demna)

It is also used when talking about preferences or wishes. Especially if they are somewhat odd and irrational, you might want to say demna’het’xe mi’kaska (My demna likes/prefers) instead of xe’kaska (I like/prefer).

As such, ‘demna means “to feel emotion”. Now you can derive what demna’tan is, right? No? Of course not really, it means conscience. If you are aware that feeling what is right or wrong is just a form of feeling, it makes sense, I guess. Still, this word and derivations are to me rather odd and delightfully so.

Example sentence: Demna’het’xe mi’vana’ta ‘dimil jilih (soul-GEN1S 3S-want-NEG (INF)write this: I don’t want to write this)

And another infrequent IRC quote (MalfermitaKodo is me):

( lucky) i wished i liked the aesthetics of your conlang more MalfermitaKodo
( lucky) the depth and breadth of its expressiveness is amazing

For added irony, this was only a few hours after I wondered how I can say ‘fork’ (the eating utensil) in Rejistanian (the fork in a road or a unix process has a name already: riva’het).

In other news, I apparently forgot to use the modern equivalent of the turbo button. I do not need to keep janekha (my netbook) in a mode to save battery life when she* is connected to the mains.

And if you want to see me embarrassing myself for a global audience: you can see me on youtube singing “still alive”. Click at your own risk!
Edit: fixed the video URL!

There are almost always reasons which make you ignore the current topic and today one of the reasons happened. blisk (in lowercase) drew a word in rejistanian and I am very amazed by it. I once drew a rejistanian banknote (front and back) and when blisk offered to draw some texts in the constructed languages, I showed the picture and blisk chose to write the text ‘central bank of Rejistania or rather “ivaniku xentira rejistaniha” in rejistanian. So the first word of this is the word of the day. Thank you very much, blisk!!

And this is again time for an infrequest IRC quote:

( blisk) but yeah, I suppose a lot of conlangers feel their script as their children, and when someone else tries to do it, it’s like they’ve molested it and it’s a sensitive area
( blisk) At least, I would, although their gesture was flattering, yet somehow, violating lol

Quite an interesting stance IMHO. I can see that this relates to a deeper part of the perception of their conlangs. If someone sees his conlang as a work of art, he might feel very possessive about it. I know this feeling as well. When someone tried to say ‘outside’ in Rejistanian, he used a term, which IMNSCO just sounded off. But then I realized that this is what happens when someone uses the language. The idea of a conlang as a work of art implies somewhat of a static form of it, but that is not the only way to look at it. I realized that a good metaphor to look at a conlang is an openSource project. As soon as someone uses it, he or she will use it in ways, which the inventor never thought of. If you look at it like that, the use of slightly ‘off’ writing and idioms is not a bad thing at all, it is instead something a language-inventor can be proud of.

Some information on the rejistanian alphabet: It is written from left to right, cursive and in general, with this wonderful exception, I noticed that its letters are not as slim as in Latin alphabet. The rejistanian font I created actually uses a square grid for the letters. When I write rejistanian in a graphics program,I use 5 lines to orient my writing: the highest level, the ‘upper small feature level’, the base line, the ‘lower small feature level’ and the lowest level. A ‘small feature’ here refers to any part of the writing which is is of medium height. In the picture, the n and the k have a stroke on upper small feature level (next to or between the loop(s)).

And about the word of the day: it only refers to the institution. Ivaniku’tan means banking and ivaniku’he is someone associated with a bank, maybe a clerk or a manager, it depends on the context.

Example: Ivaniku’het’ny min’lil relixa’het (bank-PL 3PL-have money: Banks have money.)

Edit: In unrelated news: I do understand that people use odd terms to find my blog, I get used to it, really. But occasionally, I wonder if Google wants to insult me. I mean, seriously, ‘bad conlang’ and ‘odd conlang features’‽ I think Google fails at being subtle. OTOH, someone looked for ‘conlang for beginners’ and found this corner of the tubes. This makes me wonder what this person’s intention was. Does s/he want to learn conlangs independently of the associated values, does s/he wants to learn conlanging (in which case there are other places for conlanging for beginners), was it a spambot randomly searching for new places to spam? The answer, my friend, knows only ceiling cat.

Someone googled for exactly this phrase and found this blog. I will not ask ‘why, oh google, why?’ instead, I will try to look at the issue a bit. The answer of course is: it depends. And in the case you do not do a language like Toki Pona, which has a fixed set of vocabulary as part of its design, the answer will probably be ‘many’! I have more than 1700 words in rejistanian (not all are stems), but still I feel that I am not finished. Sure, I can say things like that there is no fixed order in which the home team is listed in traditional rejistanian sports, or that the train was too late and thus I was unable to come on time, but I am not sure that I could talk about everything I talk about in real life in rejistanian. I know that if I was confronted with a malfunctioning car in Rejistania, I would not be able to understand what exactly was wrong with it only based on the description of the mechanic. I know that I would not be able to ask in a rejistanian cosmetics store which foundation, eye shadow, lip stick, concealer, etc, they would recommend because none of these words exist. So from personal experience: more than 1800 words. Of course, it depends on the language. A language used by stoneage tribes needs no word for carburator or gasket. A language used by aliens with tentacles (like the Rikchik) needs no word for finger. It also depends on what a language is supposed to be used for. A naming language will not require more than about a hundred words. A language which will only be used for a specific purpose only needs the vocabulary for this purpose. However, when you want to rickroll people, ask the referee about the location of his seeing-eye dog, order food in a restaurant, discuss the latest election, tell about that new band you discovered or convince people that Bielefeld does not exist and what is really there, then you need word, lots of them.

So, while I cannot give numbers, I can tell people that the only way to deal with the creation of vocabulary is to grin and bear it. As soon as a basis is done, there will not be the need to create words all the time. If the language has a clear purpose, it will reach the point where you can see a sentence and immediately know that you coined all its words far quicker, mostly because you have a clear direction into which to direct your effort without being distracted by attempting to explain to people that Bielefeld does not exist and what really is there in your constructed language. It also helps to have lots of ‘Unabsteigbarkeit’ in your language, ie the ability to create a word from affixes (intolerability is a good English example), as well as much compounding but not a cure-all. Some compounds make little sense unless you remember the reason behind them, so they have to be documented just as well.

I guess my significant other has a much more laconic way to answer the question though:

(Rejistania) In the category ‘who googles such slani and finds the RWotD’, the prize goes to that person who googled ‘how many words does a conlang need?’
(Allanea) the answer is simple
(Allanea) M
(Allanea) O
(Allanea) A
(Allanea) R

He is perfectly right. I can imagine that even after a century of using and improving rejistanian, the future me will find new lexical gaps. And IMHO that is a great thing.

eljanicator provided some numerical values, which probably work well as ballpark numbers:

I don’t remember where I read it exactly, but I’ve heard that a very limited special-purpose language needs at least 100 words, a trade/diplomacy pidgin needs at least 500, a fully functional language for everyday communication in a wide variety of subjects needs at least 2000, and most modern-day real-world languages have at least 6000. Many have considerably more. The very “largest” ones have a few hundred thousand, though in that case most people who speak it only actually know a small fraction of the total, as the bulk of the language consists of highly specialized or exotic words that most people don’t really need or encounter in ordinary life.


The word of the day for today is ytanu’het which means neck or rather the same as the German word ‘Hals’, ie: everything between the level of head and shoulders.

Example: Ytanu’het’xe mi’tore. (neck-GEN1S 3S-hurt: I have a sore throat)

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