Monthly Archives: May 2010

Runic puzzle

Can any of you make any sense of this piece of text in a runic-style alphabet, which was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot?

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Puzzles, Writing 10 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 15 Comments

Épouvantail

épouvantail (nf) objet, mannequin disposé dans les champs, dans les arbres, pour effrayer les oiseaux et les faire fuir (scarecrow) familièrement personne présentant un aspect extérieur repoussant (bogey, bugbear) quelqu’un ou quelque chose qui effraie sans raison (fright) [source] For some reason we were talking about scarecrows or épouvantails at the French conversation group last […]

Chinese, English, Etymology, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Language, Spanish, Welsh, Words and phrases 15 Comments

Endangered Languages and Lost Knowledge

Today I came across a fascinating video entitled Endangered Languages and Lost Knowledge in which Daniel Everett talks about the Pirahã language, among others things. The video is also available here.

Endangered languages, Language 6 Comments

Puzzles

Can anyone decipher the text on this pendant, which probably comes from Rajasthan. What about this writing which appears on the cover of a book?

Language, Puzzles 11 Comments

Geologically speaking

Today we have a guest post from Petrea Mitchell I minored in geology – that is, it was my secondary area of concentration at college. Much of geology deals with things that were known and named well before they were codified as part of science, and it developed a habit for picking up local words […]

Etymology, Language, Words and phrases 12 Comments

Name the language

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you guess the language and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments

Oriya Tower of Babel

I’m currently trying to transcribe an Oriya version of the Tower of Babel story from a PDF and have come across a number of letters that I can’t quite work out. They appear in verse 3 and I think they’re conjuncts of some kind, but haven’t been able to find them. Can you help? Here […]

Language, Writing 5 Comments

Puzzle

A visitor to Omniglot would like to know whether anyone knows the name of the painting or can deciper the text on the stone, which is in Old Cyrillic. Here’s a possible transliteration of the text: kakъ prjamu ěxati živu izdravęti ??? puti ni prob? ni proxožel ni posъl etnol

Language, Puzzles, Writing 9 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you guess the language and where it was spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 13 Comments