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Swearwords/swearing in conlangs

Swearwords/swearing in conlangs

Hullo, long time no see! The other day I was musing on how I might translate a random sentence in English into Beldreni, when I realized I didn’t know how to translate “damn” (in this case “so damn difficult”) or indeed any other swearword. Which got me to thinking. First, should Beldreni have swearwords in the same way that English or Swedish does? I’ve heard that Japanese doesn’t quite have them, that the rudeness expressed by swearing is conveyed in…

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Birds

Birds

I have now decided that the Nahul word for ‘crow’ is surakh, which also meant deciding that this world has crows in the first place.   This makes me wonder – what bird words have you come up with in your languages? Whether it’s the word for ‘bird’, for specific species or types of birds, or other bird-related words. Are the species invented, too? Anything else you feel like sharing about birds in your languages, or in your worldbuilding? (I…

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