Allusionist 95. Verisimilitude

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When you’re watching a fantasy or science fiction show, and the characters are speaking a language that does not exist in this world but sounds like it could - that doesn’t happen by accident, or improvisation. A lot - a LOT! - of work goes into inventing new languages that sound real. Conlanger David Peterson talks about how he created languages for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL:

Also! I had a very nice chat about etymology on the latest episode of Ologies, which you might enjoy.

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YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:

cancrine

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CREDITS:

- HZ

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