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?

15 thoughts on “Fictional Languages and Words

  1. 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.

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  2. 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?

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  3. 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.

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

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  5. 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!

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

    thedailyprophecy.blogspot.nl/2012/07/top-10-tuesday-14-freebie.html

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  7. 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).

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

    Patricia // My Post

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

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  10. 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)

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  11. 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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