I think about this ALL THE TIME
Also why do we pronounce "threshold" like thresh-hold??
Whoever made the romanization for Korean words was drunk
Im playing around with a #conlang that uses tones, but I’m struggling to find a reason to keep peaking (/˧˦˧/) and dipping (/˦˧˦/) tones beyond simply having more syllable options. Would it be “bad” to only have rising, high, falling, and low tones?
Alternately, would it be bad to use peaking and dipping tones _only_ for expressing intent/meaning (ie sarcasm, surprise, etc) instead of for distinguishing words/syllables? I know Mandarin doesn’t use it like that, but would it be ok??
What if "foothills" was pronounced [fu.ðɪls]
the Japanese syllabary's (i.e., alphabet's) traditional ordering is a pangram and isogram, and a Buddhist poem:
even the blossoming flowers
will eventually scatter
who in our world
the deep mountains of karma
we cross them today
and we shall not have shallow dreams
nor be deluded
Fun fact: "Mario" and "Maria" are almost completely unrelated names.
"Mario" is from Latin "Marius", probably related to Mars, the god of war; "Maria" is from Hebrew מִרְיָם via Greek Μάριαμ.
In the last century or two, people have back-formed "Marius" as a masculine "Maria" or "Maria" as a feminine "Mario", but these are outliers.
Related: "Luigi", "Louis", and "Ludwig" are all the same name.
Is there a word that encompasses exploration, discovery, and also, like, trade/commerse? But like, not colonialism?
If there's a word that fits that feeling, it might be perfect for my board game's name. Like "Galactic/Space [word]" or something... I'm just having a lot of trouble thinking of good names for the game. 😅
Here's my boardgame in a nutshell:
On a 5x5 grid, you manage fuel and money to fly around & discover 4 planets to buy resources from and sell back to your space station in the center of the grid. You can also collect scrap, gamble, or set up a shop to make more money!
Each planet also has an beacon to collect, and when you collect all 4, you can get a clue where a valuable alien treasure is. The game ends when someone discovers the treasure or after 30 turns pass.
The person with the most money wins!
All I can think of is removing ads, but those are very uninvasive so there has to be some other incentive... maybe the ability to display more details in a public dictionary? Custom colors/styling? What else? Would the ability to link to individual words be bad to put behind a paywall?
Finally, what would something like that be worth for someone making #conlangs?
Splankles rarely jonkle dorbles because beldicks crond plorms. Paldan with crendle for spindors, and you'll never splork bombles!
Uncountable nouns are funny
I'll take 5 tea. 👌😂
English and the English Language culture is such a weird thing. Do other language cultures have such unyieldingly strict insistence that people be "grammatically correct" even when the offending sentence in question is still technically understandable? How about have this strict insistence on grammatical correctness while their understanding of the rules is actually wrong?
A #conlang/conculture that is so mathematically advanced that individual numerical units are no longer sufficient and all number is counted in infinities to the point that "infinity" has long since become the equivalent of a single unit.
1 infinity = 1 thing
1 block = 1 infinity of blockhood
1 person = 1 infinity of personhood
I've finally restarted my journey of redemption to get back up to speed with my Japanese practice! It's been almost an entire month since I practiced and I am ashamed.
One of my favorite phrases is "forever and a day". Like it's not *just* gonna take an unmeasurable amount of time, but an extra day beyond that.
I'm learning how to tell time in Japanese!
There's nothing I hate doing more than losing my Duolingo streak even though I wasn't doing anything else at all during the evening. I was literally just sitting on Tumblr all night when I could have been learning Japanese! 😭