Tag Archive: yes I am that crazy

You internet users… what are you searching for to get to my blog? I am used to the usual strange things like words in rejistanian or conlangs of Mr Peterson… but… but… why does googling Unabsteigbarkeit lead here? I do use the word occasionally to illustrate how you can understand a word by understanding the root and its compounds (the root is absteigen (to be relegated), the entire word means roughly: the property not to be relegated [ever]), but still… it is an odd term to google for and it’s even odder that you won’t end up on rsssf.com where I first found that term.

Now, the rejistanian word of the day means naked or as verb either to be or to become naked. While this term is a bit suggestive, it is not so… takani (mature in the XXX sense) to mark the blog as such. Hopefully!

I wanted to translate Barbie Girl into rejistanian, but it is really hard since it would require some form of compression to fit into the meter.

Xe’elu Valvi
1S-be_named Barbie
I am Barbie (that is an odd rejistanization)

tekne’ra valvi
world-LOC barbie
in the/a Barbie world

Sanja mi’lasik
Life 3S-be_plastic
Life is made of plastic

ji xen’xamik
and 1PL-participate
and we participate [in it] (yes, that was included due to the rhyme)

Ishante’il xe.
Brush-IMP2S 1S
Brush me

meshi’loa’il xe.
SBJ2-naked-IMP2S 1S
maybe undress me.


il, xen’ki’sidekhir.
you, 1PL-FUT-reach.
I will support you, we will be someone.

If the rejistanis invented the soccer, the word xkora’het would not be required. Instead itva’het’ny (malus points, see yesterday’s posting, derived from the word ‘itva: to fail) or lehiju’het’ny (same thing, but derived from the word ‘lehiju: to concede) would be assigned to the team scored against. However since it was not, the idea of positive points came into the -tani and the word score was loaned into xkora’het. It generally means any positive point in sports, a goal in soccer, hockey or handball, a point in basketball, etc. ‘xkora is the verb for ‘to score’. Oh, and get your mind out of the gutter, not in that idiomatic meaning*!

The requested word however was ‘ghost goal’ and apparently, this word has two meanings, either a goal which should count but does not or a goal which should not count but does. In both cases it can be described by general paraphrasings like “merdisde’het” (misdecision), “merxkora’het” (mis-goal), “minjialari’he mi’la’ena oasua’het’mi” (the referee needed his dog), “minjialari’he mi’jeduni ji mi’vyei” (the referee is drunk/high and hallucinates!), “ada’he mi’ma’ta ‘mesu!” (the linesman is blind) (BTW: adding the curse slani can be used to add empahsis to the expression). But a bit more specific terms do exist. A goal, which the speaker thinks was granted even though it never should have been (Wembley!) is a “xkora’het aru’veri” literally: an existenceless goal. In the other case, when a clear goal was not granted (very unlike in Bloemfontein where the ball didn’t cross the line), it is a “xkora’het vuraknil” a denied goal.

Example: Xkora mji’het mi’jaliex’ta milhan’jet. (goal four-ORD 3S-valid-NEG game-TEMP: During the game, the 4th goal was invalid/was a ghost goal.)

* it takes a dirty mind to know one, I know.

I remember the Conlang Code v2 question about the relation between culture and language:

CuLTural expressiveness: Shows that it is attached to a specific culture.
clt++++ A sociolinguist could create a complete analysis of the mores, technological level, and societal structure of the culture that uses this language just from looking at the language.
clt++ The language is clearly tied to a strong cultural
clt—- You can’t even tell that such a thing as sociolinguistics exists judging from this language.

Personally, I thought that clt++++ was pretty unattainable and unrealistic. But today, I realized something which made me understand that something like clt++++ probably can exist. In Rejistanian, the term, for scoring (in sports) is a loan word. The word for conceding however is not. I thought that this was kinda unrealistic for quite a while but both words were too established to change them. And today, while fighting headaches from hell, I realized why it is in this way. Rejistanian traditional sports have no bonus points (like in soccer) but malus points (like in minigolf and show jumping). Points are not assigned for reaching an objective (like scoring a goal), but for failing to do so (failing to leave the rails untouched when jumping over a fence or failing to defend the ‘flag’ in a capture the flag-like game). Thus, in traditional rejistanian sports, a result like “Sike 10 – KaMaRi 0” is not bad news for KaMaRi but for Sike. This interpretation also makes sense in explaining the rejistanian love for defensive tactics in soccer.

It all makes sense now! Also the fact that “lehiju’he’ny” (conceders) is a quite common fan insult against bad teams.

Example: Lasane’het’xen mi’la’lehiju xkora’het xi Sike’tes sijon. (team-GEN1PL 3S-PST-concede goal 2 Sike-ABL yesterday: Yesterday, our team conceded 2 points against Sike.)