On Sun, May 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM, Padraic Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> --- On Sun, 5/27/12, MorphemeAddict <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Esperanto = Lego
> > Volapük = Erector set
> In other words, with V-k you have to use hand tools and fiddly small nuts
> & screws to put together a limited array of sentences -- but the construct
> is practically indestructible. While with E-o, you don't need any tools
> whatsoever, the array of sentences is nearly limitless -- but the construct
> can easily come to pieces.
So … if Volapük is an Erector Set, and Esperanto is a Lego set, than what
are the games or toys that correspond to other constructed languages? And
What constructed language corresponds to:
Action Figures, such as "He-Man," or Ant Farms, or Army Men, or Backgammon,
or Barbie Dolls, or Battle-ship, or Beach Balls, or Bicycles, or old
fashioned Buck Rogers Rocket Pistols, or Cabbage Patch Kids, or Candy Land,
or Care Bears, or Chemistry Sets, or Chess, or Chutes and Ladders, or
Crayola Crayons, or Dominoes, or Easy Bake Ovens, or Etch-a-sketches, or
Fake Vomit, or Finger Paints, or Frisbees, or Furbies, or G. I. Joe, or Go,
or Gumby, or Hula Hoops, or Hungry Hungry Hippos, or Janggi (Korean Chess),
or Jigsaw Puzzles, or Joy Buzzers, or Jump Ropes, or Ken, or Lincoln Logs,
or Lite-brite, or Little Golden Books, or Magic 8 Balls, or Magna Doodles,
or Marbles, or Microscope Sets, or Mister Potato Head, or Monopoly, or My
Little Pony, or Nerf, or Paddington Bear, or Paint by Number Kits, or PEZ
Dispensers, or Pinwheels, or Play-doh, or Pogo Sticks, Pong, or Pop-up
Book, or Raggedy Ann, or Rainbow Brite, or Red Rider BB Guns, or Risk, or
Rubik’s Cubes, or Scrabble, or Shogi (Japanese Chess), or Silly Putty, or
Slinkies, or Smurfs, or Soap Box Cars, or Spinning Tops, or Spirographs, or
Stickers, or Stratego, or Strawberry shortcake, or Super Soakers, or
Tangrams, or Tea Sets, or Teddy Bears, or Teddy Ruxpins, or Tickle Me Elmo,
or Tinkertoys, or Tonka Trucks, or Toy Pianos, or Transformers, or Twister,
or little model plains or cars or trains, or Water Balloons, or Wood
Blocks, of Xiangqi (Chinese Chess), or Yo-yos … ?
I would say:
DiLingo is a joy buzzer. Both the toy and the language are so delightfully
silly and shocking at the same time.
Toki Pona is a Magic 8 ball because it only has very few words.
Ithkuil is like Shogi because just when you think you understand the rules,
you realize that all of the pieces promote all the time.