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Krista Casada

----- Original Message -----
From: Craig Daniel <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 9:51 pm
Subject: Re: Secret languages
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> I was initiated while at summer camp as a child into the secret
> language of a fellow camper and a couple of her closest relatives.
> 
> Unlike the above, it wasn't just a simple distortion of English, but
> rather a fairly impressive feat of conlanging for a couple of
> preadolescents. The grammar was that of a fairly ordinary
> English-derived pidgin; vocabulary came from a mix of sources,
> including backslang, pig latin, randomly garbling English words,
> picking similar-sounding rarer English words to replace more common
> ones (hence "kayak" meant "talk," from "yak"), and borrowing foreign
> words that the speakers happened to know, sometimes with substantial
> changes in meaning or pronunciation.
> 
> One strange feature - the language had no pronouns. Everyone was
> referred to by their name, though names in the secret language (called
> "kapu kayak," which meant "private language" or "private talking")
> were picked arbitrarily for anyone spoken of regularly, including all
> speakers of the language. (My informant, if you can call her that, was
> "Flash"; I was "Cud," from my initials, CD).
> 
> I can't speak it anymore.
> 
> - CBD
>