Slash Boxes
NOTE: use Perl; is on undef hiatus. You can read content, but you can't post it. More info will be forthcoming forthcomingly.

All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

use Perl Log In

Log In

[ Create a new account ]

Journal of rafael (2125)

Wednesday August 02, 2006
09:24 AM

Axaxaxas mlo

[ #30515 ]
Since everyone speaks about the kingdom of Nouns, I'd like to point my readers to that short story by Borges, Tlôn, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius , which describes a kingdom of verbs.

Here's an excerpt:

There are no nouns in Tlön's conjectural Ursprache, from which the "present" languages and the dialects are derived: there are impersonal verbs, modified by monosyllabic suffixes (or prefixes) with an adverbial value. For example: there is no word corresponding to the word "moon,", but there is a verb which in English would be "to moon" or "to moonate." "The moon rose above the river" is hlor u fang axaxaxas mlo, or literally: "upward behind the onstreaming it mooned."

The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
More | Login | Reply
Loading... please wait.
  • "upward behind the onstreaming it mooned."

    "It" is a (pro)noun. For that matter, I think "onstreaming" is too?

    • Yeah, "onstreaming" is a noun. A gerund, to be specific. The article, "the", kinda gives it away.

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think prepositions ("behind") require a noun phrase in English. But perhaps we can do this with two statements and adverbs instead of prepositions?

      "streamed on ahead; mooned upward behind"

      Or perhaps this is just plain silly. :-P

      perl -e 'print "Just another Perl ${\(trickster and hacker)},";'
      The Sidhekin proves that Sidhe did it!