On Wed, 6 Sep 2000 06:37:57 -0000 Lars Henrik Mathiesen <[log in to unmask]> writes: > > Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 06:59:47 +0100 > > From: Raymond Brown <[log in to unmask]> > > AFAIK all my forebears were commoners (maybe it's as well that I > can't > > trace them back back more than about three generations!) > If what they used to say about the sons of the lord in the manor and > the village girls is true, there should be a good chance of everyone > in a rural setting having some unofficial but aristocratic ancestor > within four or five generations. > My grandmother (paternal) and her sisters used to eagerly discuss an > old family rumour that her grandfather was a byblow of the then > crown > prince back in the 1840's. Otherwise, I'm of peasant and merchant > stock myself. > Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <[log in to unmask]> (Humour > NOT marked) - Common people, unite! :-) My great^4-grandfather is supposed to have been a lumberjack. ObConlang: (nothing to do with commonerness) Yesterday i joined a creative writing class, and we had to "go outside, find something beautiful (in 15 minutes) and come back and write about it (in 5 minutes)" . What i ended up picking was a Snake Tree, supposedly really called a "Sweet Locust". I also figured out how to actually say "snake tree" in Rokbeigalmki: SLYIHTH = (root, "snake") [sljIT] SLYIHTHL = snake (animal) [sljITl=] SLYIHTHS = snake (tree) [sljITs] Both of which would normally just be reffered to as just _slyihth_, unless disambiguation is necessary. -Stephen (Steg) "...when will you drop your green and brown serpents to the ground swarming across the grass like love or the sun's fading light..."