En réponse à Tristan McLeay : >I always thought the word was romaji. But Romanji makes more sense... >(Either way it wouldn't've helped me link the name with 'roman' till I was >explicitly told...) Am I utterly wrong here? Nope. The word is more exactly "roomaaji" (the two vowels are long, and represented in katakana with the syllable followed by a horizontal line). "roomaa" here corresponds to "Rome". The reason is that -ji, like -go (for languages) must normally be suffixed to a placename (French, for instance, is "furansugo" where "furansu" means "France". Russian is "roshiago" from "roshia": Russia. There are exceptions of course, like "eigo" meaning "English" when "England" is "igirisu". The explanation is as often etymological. "eigo" corresponds to "eikoku", another term meaning "England", where "koku" means "country"). So they took Rome for the job, a sensible choice :))) . Christophe Grandsire. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.