--- Carsten Becker <[log in to unmask]>
>  > Ehh... Just _how_ does one use /das/ with a
> personal
>  > name? Do I even want to know :-o?
> My stupidity, sorry. No, of course you don't use
> |das| with
> people's names, except when you're 13 or so and want
> annoy
> a classmate: "Das <insert a boy's name here> ist
> schwu-hul,
> waahaha!". Boys at the beginning of their puberty
> usually
> think this would be funny :-/ Please, dear gays,
> don't feel
> offended!

I think it's kind of funny, and I'm a glorious
eighteen. In some of my earlier, long-forgotten
conlangs (which, by the way, were shameless clones of
the Germanic languages),  using the neuter gender with
a person's name was a great insult. The effect was
something like denying that they're a person.

Gi-an-nain, having no gender, has to rely on slightly
less-subtle means, like /<person's
name>-haubà/——"<person's name>-beast". Same effect,
same impact.


"Alle Idole müssen sterben."
"All idols must die."

--Einstürzende Neubauten, "Seele Brennt" (Soul is on Fire)

"Where am I? What is this thing called 'the world'? Who is it who has lured me into the thing, and now leaves me here? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?"

--Søren Kierkegaard

"You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

--Franz Kafka, Journals


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