Questions about languages, whether alien, fantasy, or human.

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Was Voldemort's name ever used as a swear word?

Since Voldemort's name was considered the embodiment of all things evil, was he ever used as a swear word or a similar cuss? In many books and franchises evil beings are used in curses, such as in one ...
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Are Vardo and Varda two different people?

As the fellowship was parting from Lorien, Lady Galadriel sings a song in Elven. The song talks about Elbereth. The poem goes like this: Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen, yéni únótimë ve rámar ...
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Was Sindarin more commonly spoken than the common tongue in Gondor?

When Frodo is captured by the rangers of Ithilien he notices than two of them are speaking Sindarin, which may just be down to the fact they were southern Dúnedain. But it seems that a lot of ...
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Neo-Khuzdul in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? [closed]

I'm interested to know what all the khuzdul (and languages other than the Common Speech) spoken in the third movie of The Hobbit means, as well as written out so the spelling is seen. I'd like the ...
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What exactly does Sauron speak in “The Battle of the Five Armies”?

According to sources about Black Speech, there was a single line invented for the LotR movies (the one where Sauron tells Frodo that there's no life in void). However, in The Battle of the Five ...
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Was Tolkien the first to invent languages purely for fictional works?

Imaginary languages are now par for the course in fantasy literature: sometimes called something like 'the old tongue' or 'the ancient language', sometimes the languages of different types of being or ...
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Did Lewis Carroll make up these creatures?

Are the unfamiliar creatures in Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" as transcribed in Alice through the Looking Glass (p. 15-16, chapter I, looking-glass house) of his own creation, or are they preexisting ...
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Is everyone in Firefly fluent in Chinese or do they only know Chinese slang?

Often the English-speaking characters in Firefly speak curses and slang in Chinese because of the mixing of American and Chinese cultures in the universe. Often audio recordings are also said in both ...
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Are there other tongues beside parseltongue?

Parseltongue is the ability to speak to snakes. Are there other types of tongues besides parseltongue that you can use to talk to other types of animals? Maybe doggietongue or kittytongue?
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Why does Roose Bolton tell Theon how to pronounce My Lord?

In "A Dance With Dragons", Roose Bolton tells Theon Greyjoy that he should say "my lord" like there is mud in his mouth. I read the books in Turkish and this passage did not seem to translate well. ...
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Do Yoda or Darth Vader speak Huttese?

I'm curious if these two extremely notable Star Wars characters can speak Huttese. Would a conversation with Jabba be possible? Has this been shown?
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Is this written in Kryptonian?

I spotted this in my local book store and it piqued my curiosity. It is part of the cover of The Superman Files, ISBN: 9781449447151. I can't find any where that explains the text on the cover. ...
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What do these runes in Adventure Time say?

Adventure Time has its own runic alphabet which seems to be a combination of Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark, Anglo-Saxon runes, Futhork and Cirth. In episode 6x15, this appears in the background at ...
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How did the Tamarians of ST:TNG manage technical language?

The Tamarians are that ST:TNG race that speak only in historical reference (Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra). So imagine a conversation like this happening in a Tamarian vessel: Dude: No matter how I ...
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Are there any human Star Trek characters who have native languages other than English/Federation Standard?

Leaving aside the question of what languages people are actually speaking, are there any humans who are confirmed (in a show or in novels) to have a first language was not English or Federation ...
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How can there be different languages with universal translators?

I've not watched every episode of Star Trek or read every book, but I was wondering why there are still different languages amongst different species, groups, etc ? For example, if a group of people ...
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What does the inscription on the Mirror of Erised mean?

When Harry first finds the Mirror of Erised, he sees an inscription carved into it. It was a magnificent mirror, as high as the ceiling, with an ornate gold frame, standing on two clawed feet. ...
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Universal Translator: Sometimes working instantly, sometimes not at all?

During the different franchise series (excluding ENT) there are only very few encounters with new or unknown species the crews of the ships don't understand. Most often even the most alien species ...
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How did the Black Speech come about?

It doesn't seem to be related to any other documented languages. Being endemic to Sauron's realm, with him persisting through the Ages, it would not likely have diverged naturally from another ...
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Within-universe, is Klingon a constructed language?

From the perspective of viewers of the Star Trek franchise, Klingon is a constructed language, constructed by the creators of the franchise. It is probably one of the most famous constructed ...
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Do orcs make references to a/the “devil”?

I just saw a Shadow Mordor E3 trailer and in one of the orc's lines, he says: He moves like a ghost; fights like a [the] devil! Is this accurate to what words orcs use or what they believe in ...
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Name of book with comparison to Riddley walker on its cover

About a year ago I was at the local library browsing their SF and came across a book with a blurb on its cover (or possibly inside flap) comparing it, or at least some aspect of it, to Riddley Walker. ...
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Why does C3PO talk to R2-D2 in English?

Whenever we see C3PO talking to R2, he talks in English (well, that's what we hear), so at least not in the beeps that R2 uses. Why doesn't C3PO talk in R2's 'beeping' language when they're together ...
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Why did Data call the French language “obscure”?

In the video below, Data refers to the French language as "obscure". Picard objects to this and Data is about to make a remark as to why the French language was indeed obscure. Is there any ...
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Why can't a lie be spoken in the Ancient Language?

While speaking in the Ancient Language in the Inheritance Cycle one can't tell a lie. The closest one can come to doing so is speaking a half-truth. Thereby circumventing this rule. But why can't ...
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How to name a pair of a King and Queen? [closed]

Is there any way to properly name the pair of a King and Queen, other than saying "King and Queen" (i.e. "cattle" for more than one cow)? Because if there is a better way to say "Rohan's King and ...
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How do you write a regal name with both regnal number and nickname?

I know this goes beyond the scope of fantasy, but I'm specifically interested in Game of Thrones. I've been compiling a spreadsheet of every named character within Game of Thrones, and am not sure how ...
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Article about science fiction languages

I'm looking for a journal item, probably written between 1992 and 1994 which discusses languages from Venus on the Half-Shell, Sagan's Contact, and several other novels, usually science fiction, ...
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How is Eowyn written in language of Rohan

How is Eowyn, shield maiden of Rohan written in Rohirric (is that the language of Rohan?)?
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Is there a guide to Orkan language?

In the TV Series Mork and Mindy, we see a few words that are Orkan (see below). Is there actually a guide/dictionary of Orkan language? (Mork and Mindy Wikia)
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Short story about English Language Transformation?

I read a short short SF story in the early 80's (I think it was an Asimov collection). The story wasn't more than 5 pages in a paperback and conjectured what English would look like in the future ...
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How accurate is the Chinese spoken in Firefly?

In the Firefly-verse, Western and Eastern cultures are mixed and many people inject Chinese into their speaking habits, usually to swear (a la frakking and frelling). Can anyone with knowledge of ...
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Can Leia understand Huttese?

Whenever Jabba says something to Leia in Huttese she never seems confused at all - she seems to understand what he's saying. Also, when Jabba gives Leia an order or talks to Leia, does he do it in ...
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In Thor: The Dark World, what is the name of the language that Malekith and the other svartalfr speak?

I find answers acceptable in the following order: Name from the script of Thor: The Dark World. Name specific to this language in Marvel comic books that make mention of the dark elves. The correct ...
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What were the people saying in the parts of Elysium in Spanish, French and Afrikaans?

I love the movie Elysium, but if has one fault, it is that on occasions people drop into Spanish, French or Afrikaans. Don't get me wrong, it does seem quite natural for the characters to be ...
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Did Tolkien's contemporaries know Quenya?

Tolkien famously interacted with several other writers, most notably CS Lewis, as he was working on The Lord of the Rings and his other works. But did any of those writer friends really delve into ...
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Were any portions of Tolkien's writing truly “translated”?

Part of what gives Tolkien's writings such weight and power is that they feel like they belong alongside Beowulf and the Odyssey, translated epics from another era. Even the way he writes, slightly ...
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Where can I find the black speech dialog used in 'Desolation of Smaug'?

I want to read the actual Black Speech sentences uttered by the Orcs and by Sauron in 'The Desolution of Smaug'. Does anybody know what they were or where can I find them?
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How do I pronounce “Sauron”?

I have always pronounced Sauron like 'S-ow-ron', after reading Appendix E of the Lord of the Rings, but now I just listened to this recording of Tolkien reciting the Eagles' Song, and it sounds like ...
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How many alien languages are spoken on screen in the entire Babylon 5 series?

In In the Beginning I know that Minbari is spoken briefly (I believe they opt to segue into English rather than use subtitles, but correct me if I'm wrong on that... it's been awhile). Narn and ...
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Languages of Mass Effect

Aside from short phrases like "keelah se'lai" and names like "Sur'Kesh," do we ever get samples of fictional languages in the Mass Effect universe? For the most part that franchise uses the normal ...
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Are groats defined in Game of Thrones?

Just moved on to Book 4 A Feast for Crows and found this word sticking out at me in a few chapters: Groat. It pops up twice in one chapter with Cersei saying something like "so-and-so is not worth ...
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Are the middle earth languages spoken in the LOTR/Hobbit films faithfully pronounced from the texts written by Tolkien?

As most Star Trek fans know, Klingon is now a spoken language. Are the middle earth languages spoken in the LOTR/Hobbit films faithfully pronounced from the texts written by Tolkien? To clarify, when ...
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Harry Potter spell languages? [duplicate]

In HP, do Wizards from different nationalities have different names for spells, and if so do they have to pronounce them as such during the casting? It seems that more veteran wizards don't seem to ...
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I want to speak the Goa'uld language, where to get started?

I want to learn how to speak Goa'uld. I know it's weird but I was wondering if anyone could show me some good sites that can help me.
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How do the Amazons of Themyscira know English?

It would seem that they cut themselves off from civilization and it's considered a Greek island. How would they even know what English is?
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Quenya for “hold” as in “to hold a belief”

Does anyone know if there is any word in Quenya that is well suited for translating “hold” as in “to hold a belief?” The context if “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost: ...
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Trying to remember a novel with an efficient alien language

I remember reading this science fiction novel several years ago. Here's what I remember (or think I remember) about the story: Coded transmissions are intercepted right before assassinations are ...
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After Earth: The characters use English. That isn't realistic, considering the setting, I mean — or is it?

According to Wikipedia, the plot goes as follows: In the near future, after humanity abandoned Earth after cataclysmic events, they re-established society on the planet Nova Prime, light years ...
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Looking for canon Quenya and Sindarin dictionary

Are there any canonical English <-> Elvish dictionaries, that means with no added material? Some Grammar would also be useful.