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All apostrophes in the middle of fantasy names are now to be pronounced "boing."

That is all.

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jaylake
Aug. 7th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
:: bows ::
:: scrapes ::
:: squeegees windshield ::
issendai
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
Your offering tickles us.

Pleases us. We meant pleases us.
delkytlar
Aug. 7th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Does the reverse apply so that we can now refer to Cory Doctorow's site as: ' ' ?
issendai
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Good point. Yes, we can.

The arguments about whether to spell it '' or ' ' may now begin.
eumeliannyikha
Nov. 24th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
All this time, I thought that the apostrophes were an attempt at showing linguistic diversity.

' = denotes a non-pulmonic ejective consonant (eg: p', t', k' s')
q = voiceless uvular plosive
z = voiced alveolar fricative

(source: International Phonetic Alphabet)

However, now that I think about it, a lot of fantasy authors keep popping these things in places impossible for any human mouth to use.
eumeliannyikha
Nov. 24th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Oh! Also, apostrophes can mean glottal stops after a vowel.

Think the sound represented by the - in "uh-oh".
tarawyn
Nov. 24th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
People with a dislike of fantasy Q shouldn't ever try to listen to any of the Yu'pik languages. Try qupqugiak on for size. Actually, try to avoid all the Native American languages. XD

I also really wish there was a good romanization for things like K and G, because I like them. A lot. (They represent distinct phonemes of things like K and G respectively, only further back in the throat) But just try putting them in a fantasy conlang...
thette
Nov. 24th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm fond of the retroflected consonants, especially the thick l. (I've begun appreciating the retroflected ones even more since I moved down to southern Sweden. People here remove their r:s, which means that the retroflected s, t, n, d, represented in writing by rs, rt, rn and rd, disappears.) They're also quite difficult to write with a western alphabet.
shutsumon
Nov. 29th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Yes, that was my first thought. How can I show my glottal stops without using a boing then. Second thought was most people wouldn't know what the boing was for anyway. So I'm currently using a hyphen precisely because of uh-oh. (The conlang in question is meant to look and sound vaguely polynesian so glottal stops happen).

In other news my conlanging friends and I are all now refering to 'apostrophes in conlangs' as boings on twitter.
terheyt
Nov. 24th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I must confess that when reading this, I skimmed it quickly, and my brain inserted an R where one had no business being. Thus it became less an amusing trend towards levity, and more a commentary on the nature of books that must fall back on unpronounceable grammar to lend an air of the exotic.

I must admit, however, that Boing is a lot more fun than Boring. I shall thus spread the joy far and wide.
opaqueplanet
Nov. 24th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Drizzt Doboingurden. Ok.
mumpfpuffel
Nov. 24th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Tboinglan Imass and KboingChain CheboingMalle!
hossblacksilver
Nov. 30th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
I can just see it.

"Hello, my name is Doctor Daniel Jackson, this is Colonel Jack OboingNeill, Major Samantha Carter and in the back there is TealboingC."
esmerelda_ogg
Aug. 23rd, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Now all I need is a plot and setting and some characters.
Because I have got to write something where all the names are full of boings, properly spelled out of course.
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