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( Oct. 19th, 2010 12:51 pm)

After studying Chinese for several years, the following wikipedia entry doesn't suprise me as much as it probably should:

The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den (simplified Chinese: 施氏食狮史; traditional Chinese: 施氏食獅史; pinyin: Shī Shì shí shī shǐ) is a famous example of constrained writing by Yuen Ren Chao which consists of 92 characters, all with the sound shi in different tones when read in Mandarin.

« Shī Shì shí shī shǐ »

Shíshì shīshì Shī Shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī.
Shì shíshí shì shì shì shī.
Shí shí, shì shí shī shì shì.
Shì shí, shì Shī Shì shì shì.
Shì shì shì shí shī, shì shǐ shì, shǐ shì shí shī shìshì.
Shì shí shì shí shī shī, shì shíshì.
Shíshì shī, Shì shǐ shì shì shíshì.
Shíshì shì, Shì shǐ shì shí shì shí shī.
Shí shí, shǐ shí shì shí shī, shí shí shí shī shī.
Shì shì shì shì.

I love tonal languages.

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( Jun. 19th, 2008 06:07 pm)
As far as I can tell, the chinese for "Orchestra" literally translates as "music circle".

Reading it slightly differently, though, it could be translated as "happy ball". Do not taunt.   8^)
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( Nov. 23rd, 2007 08:45 pm)

Wouldn't want to speculate on how effective it is in actually getting rice to hungry people, but am totally hooked on the vocabulary challenge. Also makes me realise that about half these words I only know because I've seem them in one fantasy novel or another. Funny where things come in handy...
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( Sep. 17th, 2007 10:59 pm)

I've been trying to make the longest words possible with the shortest number of different letters. Without looking anything up on the internet (Edit: or writing perl scripts, clever though that may be), I've managed to think of:

25e, sesses
38e, f, rreferrer
410a, e, r, sreassesses
513e, g, i, n, rreengineering

Can anybody think of any advances on those?

(Any reply involving the word 'smiles' will result in a swift, yet painful, death.)

Five under-used (and rather arbitrarily-chosen) words which I enjoy too much to let them disappear from the English language:

  • Circuitous — roundabout, indirect. "This bus is taking a rather circuitous route".
  • Reify — to make an abstract concept concrete, or to regard it as such. "Does love actually have a bona fide existence, or do we just have a tendancy to reify the emotions that we feel?"
  • Nadir — the lowest point (opp. zenith). "When I found myself casting a contemplative eye on the medicinal alcohol, I knew I'd reached my nadir."
  • Concomitant — existing together with something else. "As well as the major drawbacks of blindness, there are all the concomitant annoyances to put up with, such as the tendancy of people to regard you as incapable or stupid."
  • Seguea motorised personal transportation device using gyroscopes to make a smooth transition from one thing to another. "Our conversation about Glastonbury segued naturally into one about the drugs each of us had had experience of."

Feel free to post similar lists on your own journals — I'd love to see what other people come up with.

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( Jan. 1st, 2006 06:02 pm)
  1. Get a proper job
  2. Move into a flat with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00
  3. Get three hours of exercise a week
  4. Read my height in books (yes, I'm a year behind the trend)

Well, that's enough for now.
In other, totally unrelated news, I discovered that the French for 'yeah' does indeed have a seperate spelling (*sticks tongue out at doubters*). It is spelled "ouais".

[Poll #630220] Edit: if it's neither, then what is it?

Lesser-known Greek letters: the letter "Stigma".

Edit: also funny:

"Lollipop Koppa"



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