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sismesu’het

Example: Xe’seve sismesu’het salan al.
1S-use screen big very.
I use a ery big screen.

At work, this is true, given that the resolution which is required and the visual impairment which I have conflict on smaller ones. I think that was the first time, I understood the word “status symbol”. People seemed to be so very curious about what me as a newbie has done to deserve it that it was really unpleasant. I seriously considered putting a sticky onto the screen saying: “You can have that bigger system if you also take my vision problems. Your envy makes me uncomfortable.” Normally, it is me who does the envying part and envy for something which to me maily seemed like a compensation for an impairment was like feeling envy for someone’s crutches or someone’s glasses.

Sistenha’het mesu or sismesu’het means “system for seeing” and refers to a screen on a omputer or a similar electronic or mechanical device. ‘sismesu means to display on a screen.

edueha’het: file

Example: Kemas’het’min edueha’het’ny mi’derek.
Version-GEN3PL file-PL 3S-be.deprecated.
The files are deprecated.

This example sentence maybe needs a bit explanation. This sentence actually means something like “The version of the files is deprecated” indicating that the files are all part of a larger set. Another valid translation probably would have been: “These files belong to a deprecated version”.

Someone today told me that I overused the term ‘deprecated’. I guess it was because I tried to avoid the synonyms: shitbox, craptop, PoS, antique machine, fossil, etc.

Edu’het means set, eha’tan means value. As such, the idea of a file is very definitely related to the time when men were real men and wrote their own device drivers. It does not use partly confusing metaphors. This is something which rejistanian probably does too often: refer to the essence of something without the use of metaphors. Of course, sometimes, rejistanian also is metaphorical, but in general, poets will not really like the language. Poetry is possible, sure, but it was not created by an artist like Esperanto, it was created from earlier pidgins by a committee. This is a certain bit of aesthetic which is not beautiful in the usual sense, but to me, it is nice. There is a certain beauty in avoiding the indirect in favour of the direct and unmediated. I noticed that I dislike the metaphorical ‘language’ of GUIs on a computer as well and prefer the more direct approach of the command line. I think this is a bit related, it is a preference which manifests itself differently. Rejistanian can get away with these kind of things in-universe because it still is not an old language (even though I never gave an actual age).

To a related but more linuxy topic: I realized yesterday that I am probably one of the few people who prefer music123 (a _very_ neat script to play music files via command line) over graphical programs like VLC, amaroK etc. I prefer to organize the files on my harddisk myself because that way, things are my organisation, as idiosyncratic as it might be. Or does anyone else prefer programs like music123 which do not have playlists or some crap like that? Where you just give it a filename and it plays that?

BTW: talking about Linux: I today found out that tune2fs -L name $device can name an ext[234] partition after formatting it. $device of course needs to be the device name of an ext[234] filesystem.

Example: Ytin’het’ny ninak min’lija ,xe’deldel, het.
(change-PL time 3PL-cause ,1S-be.confused, this.)
Changes of the time cause me to be confused.

This is very true. The USA apparently falls back one week later han EUrope* and that means that currently my heuristic of posting before 2 am to still post within the same day no longer is true. Freaking winter time! Why do we fall back at all? I am not a morning person and do not see the benefit of there being light at times when I want to be in bed anyways…

Ninak’het means watch or clock and it was supposed to sound at least a bit like the ticking of a clock. In an unprecedented move of irregularity, ninak’tan was generalized to mean time. But since time is often described to tick (away) in RL music as well, it is not so off, maybe.

For more irregularity: ninak’het sirtas (watch arm) means wristwatch and ninaknaxah’het (watch-to.wake.up) means alarm clock.

Example: Xe’esinaxalvu il’han! Xures’il xeles!
(1S-yearn 2S-ALL! return-IMP2S soon)
I yearn for you! Return soon!

This word is created from the word ‘esina (to want) and ‘xalvu (to be desperate) and thus means desperately want. Esinaxalvu’tan was used to translate the German word Sehnsucht. It is very alike in meaning, but I find it hard to express that in English. Sehnsucht is one of the untranslatable words to me.

Random real life info: I started excercising (walking) to lose weight a while ago. What I lost so far is a negligible amount of kilos and a quite significant amount of calmness, free time and happiness. I probably started with too much and walked too often, but I think, tomorrow, I won’t leave the bed at all. Except to go to the restroom.

oleni’het: poem

Example: Oda’tan tenva mje mi’vetix alnany oleni’tan tani ulsiu.
Sentence clear one 3S-mean AUGCMP poetry nation anything.
One clear sentence means more than the poetry of a nation.

I have to admit that I dislike poetry. It bugs me not to understand things. It bugs me even more when a someone intentionally frustrates people by being as unclear as possible. It bugs me even more when people communicate about their feelings pointlessly (sorry, I do not care how you felt when you saw that sunrise as you are DEAD and have been since a few centuries). Thus, the poems, which I like are of the childish variant. As such, I have not thought a lot about rejistanian poetry, let alone written some… but I expect it to be using rhyme or alliteration of the stressed syllables (ie: Tykal‘het mi’kylan, mi’ki , mi’ki’kasnan, mi’ki’kirkaju, mi’ki’kaju skavu’he’il, het. This means: The tiger waits. It knows that it will hunt, follow and fight its enemy). Rejistanian poetry is not the formalized style which is popular here in academic circles, school classes and nowhere else, but it is an art which thrives on improvisation. Not writing an eternal poem that will be remembered by generations is the goal, but writing something very fitting for now is.

I tried translating the Sheli poem by David J. Peterson a few times, but so far, I failed. I am not good at this kind of thing.

\begin{rant}BTW: Why is it so freaking hard to get a mobile phone which does not suck‽ These things accumulate feature after feature but they fail at the basics: usability, big fonts (and that means everywhere, not in a few screens so you can offer the phone for the old and the visually impaired, but as soon as you leave these, you have to navigate by memory because the fonts are 3 pixels tall), clear contrast, good voice quality, phonebook, sending and receiving SMS (preferably without the disease that is T9) and either distinct or customizable ringtones (that Nokia tune is so horribly overplayed).

Apparently, it is. No, I do not want an i(Diot)Phone with more features than sense, or something with keys, which only a particularly small amoeba can use. I had the perfect phone (well, in retrospect, I was angry about the bad voice quality at that time), but then, it deprecated and no longer works with modern SIMs and the people in cell phone stores laugh at me when I ask for something like it. Have the 90s really been the only time when good cellphones were made? Seriously‽\end{rant}

Example: Xe’vana’ta ‘semek ,xe’ludu al, lija. Han’xen M talka.
(1S-like-NEG (INF)cook ,1S-be.tired very, because. go.to-IMP1PL M golden.)
I don’t want to cook because I am tired. Let’s go to the golden arches.

I never really though about what Rejistanis would eat.. at least not well enough to write anything down. But this example is definitely from the real world. In the conworld, the golden arches do not exist.

‘semek can mean to cook, or to prepare food in general, even if it is not made in a pot on an oven. Salad is ‘semek-ed as well. As is aa steak or a soup. More specialized words do exist though. Semek’tan means cuisine and semek’het. is a cooker to prepare food on. Someone who prepares food is, very regularly, a semek’he. semek means either ‘cooked’ or ‘prepared’ or ‘related to cooking’.

Completely unrelatedly, there exists a site called URLAi, which attempts to guess the gender and the age of the poster. In my case, I supposedly am 18-25 years old, male and in an upset mood. On each and every one of these counts, URLAi was wrong. I mean, sure, occasionally, I am upset (I tend to joke that I do not have a temper issue but an idiot issue), but here on the blog, I normally do not vent when I am upset. If I did, my posts would be far longer and the words “idiot”, “Vollpfosten”, “Windows-User”, “Arschgeige” and “f*cktardation” would be used much more often! Definitely! As would be many rejistanian terms like “slani”, “itva” and “selme”. :)

BTW: does anyone know a good replacement for audacity? It fails because it cannot create its temporary files in my home directory (for space issues) and when I attempt to tell it a diferent path for them, it fails to recognize anything related to audio at all.

Example: Xe’nadit ‘inatu esaku’tan’han.
(1S-nadit (INF)advertise employment-ALL)
I try in vain to apply for a job.

This is not quite correct. Currently, I can only say that I am applying, but have not yet received any results. I can however say that applying for jobs sucks. It makes me wish that we were in a socialist state where jobs were assigned to people. Even though I am normally libertarian. It is a so bizarre ritual apparently intended to humiliate applicants. I understand that advertising is necessary, but I feel uncomfortable by advertising my own skills and abilities while simultaneously hiding the issues (like my disability). So, yeah… if anyone wants to hire a code monkey with a love for constructed languages, tell me!

Back to ‘nadit: It can be used intransitively, mostly in the expression [Jilih] mi’la’nadit ([this] 3S-PST-nadit: this was in vain), but it can as well be used to say that something is done in vain like in the example above.

Some words exist even though they should not. ‘kamandi is one of them. Let us just say that team is a German abbreviation, no matter what your etymological dictionary says. It means: “Toll, Ein Anderer Macht’s” (Great, someone else does/will do it). This means that teamwork is doomed to fail by default. There will always be people who ‘kamandi and quite often, they are in important positions, thus the false cognate with “command”. I actually considered naming it after the specific person, but decieded that I would prefer to forget his very existance. ;)

In conculturing terms, the group can also be the family.

The word can be used intentional or like a normal transitive verb.

Kamandi’he is the term for such a glorious person…

Example: Sihatil mi’kamandi ‘inesukuku kemas’het ines.
(Sihatil 3S-kamandi (INF)program version new)
Sihatil let the group down when programming the new version.

(BTW: Sihatil is a rejistanian name and intentionally not related to any RL failures in human shape. They know who they are.)

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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