Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fictional Languages and Words

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted at The Brokeand The Bookish. We have to choose today's topic on our own. I recently finished reading A Clockwork Orange and Nadsat, the language in which the characters communicate is very interesting. 
Here's a list of Ten Fictional Languages and Made-up Words which I Like:

10. Parseltongue, Gobbledegook, (not to mention) Troll from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling - However, we never actually get to read any of these languages, which is a shame.

9. The word "Kerolamisticootalimarcawnokeeto" from The Book of Brownies by Enid Blyton - This was a magic word that Hop, Skip and Jump had to memorize and say, to do something that I just can't remember, but my sister might. 

8. Jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Remember this poem with a lot of playful nonsensical words; I could only vaguely remember it, but I just re-read it and it is funny!

7. Hobbitish from Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein - I realize I need to read The Lord of the Rings as soon as possible, but until I do, this one is great.

6. The different languages from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams

5. The different languages from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett - The languages of the Feegles, the dwarves, Death of Rats are all crazily fascinating.
4. The Alien Language (often called R'Lyehian) from Cthulu Mythos by H. P. Lovecraft

3. Nadsat from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - It took me a while to get used to the language but it was worth it.

2. Lapine from Watership Down by Richard Adams - This is the language that the rabbits speak. My favourite part about it is that since rabbits can't count above four, any number more than four is called hrair, which, I guess, means many.

1. Newspeak from 1984 by George Orwell - The section at the end, which gives a detailed analysis of Newspeak is actually  my favourite part of the book.

Which are your favourite fictional languages or made-up words?



I LOVE THIS!!!! What a creative topic!! I wish they made a dictionary for these languages. Wouldn't it be fun?! We'd all be like those people at those Star Trek conventions speaking Klingon.

Belle said...

What an awesome idea for a list! Love your picks, especially Newspeak and the HP languages

Claudia said...

Oh what a fun topic! And a great idea to include Newspeak.

vithya velaithan said...

Out of the ten listed here, I'm only familiar with num 10. hahaha. great list. Thanks for visiting my blog. =)

P/S : May i know what does your blog name means? Is it some random word?

Anonymous said...

Great, fun topic! Tolkien had such a way with words - but then I guess that's to be expected - it stands to reason the words/language he created would be awesome.

Priya said...

There are books on just about anything; so I wouldn't be surprised if there actually were a Dictionary of Fictional Languages!!

Priya said...

You mean Tabula Rasa? It literally means a clean slate; or an opportunity to start from the beginning. If you're talking about peskypiksipesternomi, that's just a funny spell from Harry Potter!

Priya said...

He did have a way with words; too bad I didn't realize that sooner and read the entire series! Thanks!

kayerj said...

what a fun topic. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

Seeing this.. I never realized that there are mo many different 'languages' in books. I love Jabberwocky & the Harry Potter languages ^^


Margo Berendsen said...

What a fabulous top ten idea! (I may have to copy in the future!) I dearly love me all the Elvish words in Lord of the Rings, and as a great contrast, I love hearing Klingon (but I bet it would be hard to read).

Patricia said...

Okay, this is just amazing. I've never realized there were so many books with fictional languages. :O

Patricia // My Post

Christina said...

Cool! What a good idea for a list! I love when authors have the creativity and intellect to invent languages and dialects.

The Librarian said...

This is really awesome.
how about "vallar Morghulis" I probably didn't spell it right. But it's some words Jaqen gives to Arya (in A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin)

Amy said...

Oh, yes, Orwell's Newspeak! My sister and I used to go around calling things "double-plus-ungood" when we were in high school.

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