Languages

Links Related To Languages

2001 Apr 12 Richard Kennaway's Constructed Languages List
Constructed languages, like Logsdsghhffu3-rh and Klurnggogn.»
Oct 31 Language Toy
An online word-muncher.»
List of Prepositions
Nice long list of prepositions.»
Dec 18 6 Year Old Girl Sjambokked to Death
A sjambok is a kind of heavy whip.»
2002 Feb 11 Jutes, Angles and Saxons
Background on the Jutes, Angles, and Saxons.»
Feb 25 pseudodictionary
This site is epic and perfect; I discovered it because its founder sent me a poem for the Ftrain poetry anthology. Example: “dot-com boyfriend/girlfriend - A sexual or romantic partner who requires a high level of investment, on which you will never see any return.” Stunning fun for word goofs.»
Jul 18 The Norfolk Language
Whose all em heehee? (Whose periwinkles are they?) Dem myse hee-hee. (They're mine.)»
Aug 19 celebritize
I thought I came up with it, but I'm at least #12 to coin ”celebritize.“»
Sep 25 Official Lojban Home Page
Lojban is an invented language, like Esperanto, but with more rules and based on predicate logic. Remember, "when specifying a concept that is not found among the gismu, a Lojbanist generally attempts to express the concept as a tanru."»
2003 Apr 28 Letter-by-Letter Word Games FAQ
Impressive list of word-guessing games (i.e. crosswords, hangman).»
2004 Feb 1 Latin phrases
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