do you know anything about translating words from earth languages that don't have any meaning in vulcan? by this i mean to make it able to be applied to vulcan scripture - because i know you could just use the earth language word, but it may not be able to be written with vulcan characters.
Hi there! Great question, thanks so much for asking! Just the other day, I was trying to write “Jim” in Vulcan Calligraphy for, you know, reasons. (They were gay reasons.)
There are a lot of very detailed resources on this, and calligraphy is not my specialty, so I welcome others jumping in to provide more info. But I’m going to try to give you a quick and dirty guide.
(I’m assuming you want to translate into traditional calligraphy—if you’re looking to write in standard Vulcan script instead, let me know!)
First off, we have to touch on transliteration (to represent or spell a word in the characters of another alphabet). Many letters and sounds are symbolized differently in Vulcan than in other languages.
Let’s take the English name “James Kirk,” which would be transliterated to Dzheimz Kuhrk, because the same sounds are represented by different letters in each language. For example, the the English letter J is transliterated using the Traditional Golic Vulcan letter dzh. While not used commonly in Modern Golic Vulcan, dzh can still be used when needed and is pronounced like the J in “James” or the G in “gem.”
For general info on transliteration from other languages into Vulcan, go here, here, and here. (None of those is specific to transliteration, but all touch on it.)
There is also a very helpful list of character names transliterated into Modern Golic Vulcan. I find it easier to understand these concepts when I’m given practical examples, and this list demonstrates how almost all English letters/sounds are transliterated into Vulcan.
BACK TO YOUR QUESTION
For anyone who doesn’t know, here is the Korsaya page on calligraphy, which includes the character alphabet.
So when writing out a non-Vulcan word in Vulcan calligraphy, you will first need to decide if you want to simply write the word out in calligraphic characters, or first transliterate the word into Vulcan. For the purposes of this post, let’s assume you’re going to write a word in calligraphy WITHOUT transliterating it.
If you’re translating from English to traditional calligraphy, the only letters you may have trouble with are J, Q, and X. Because these letters don’t exist in Vulcan, they MUST be transliterated, even if you aren’t transliterating the entire word.
For J, use the dzho character.
For Q, use the kwo character.
For X, use the kso character.
Note: The O in the written names of consonant characters is used for pronunciation help only. For example, if you are writing Pi'maat (family), you would use the po character even though there is no O in the word, followed by the i character.
To go back to my “Jim” example, the correct calligraphic translation WITHOUT transliteration is:
This is some really intricate stuff, so please let me know if any of it is confusing, or if you have follow-up questions! I hope to cover calligraphy extensively, but I’m still learning a lot about it myself. I hope this helps!
P.S. All images are from Korsaya. Sorry for the low quality—I’m trying to assemble super high-res images of all the letters but that’s a long-way off. I’d refer to Korsaya before copying them yourself.
alright, so I posted this video called *Your dating “preferences” are discriminatory* about how saying you would never date a trans person, a fat person, or a disabled person is probably discriminatory and based in prejudice rather than genuine preference.
the response has been overwhelming negative after several large anti-feminist youtubers made response videos.
my argument has been ignored, misconstrued, and strawmanned more than i ever thought possible. so i took some time to write out a response.
i tried posting that response on YouTube, but my comments kept disappearing even though I was just commenting on my own video??? I guess YouTube thought it was too long or something. So I’m posting it here as an image so that I can comment on the YouTube video with a link and direct people to the image.
so that image is what is above. you can right click on it and select Open image in new tab to read the full thing (sorry it’s low quality idk how to fix that), or click the Keep reading below, or read it on imgur.
Oh, one more thing that isn’t included in the image or below the Keep reading:
Another example that @queerqtpie brought up to me recently was the comparison of color preferences. If you survey people today, girls tend to prefer pink and boys tend to prefer blue. Does that mean that girls inherently have some innate drive to like pink, and boys for blue? Of course not. There are external culture and social factors that contribute to those preferences. Those preferences still exist, and they are obviously allowed to have them; it’s not bad for a girl to like pink or a boy to like blue. But it’s not inherent, innate, and unchanging. And it would be ridiculous to get offended at the idea that color preference might be externally influenced because we’ve seen through history that blue hasn’t always been associated with boys, nor pink for girls (they used to be reversed). Folks with these preferences may not be able to immediately control which color they prefer, but if they can be aware that their favorite color isn’t an innate unchanging thing (and in fact might have been influenced by very arbitrary societal gender rules), it might help them to enjoy other colors more at some point in the future.
recently while runecasting i drew the rune kenaz, symbolizing openness to creativity, to skills, or to romantic love. i wonder what this could possibly mean? perhaps it means my magick skills are improving, or maybe that i’m ready for a dreamy suitor in my future?~ only time will tell!
((This little drawing was made for Sonictober, in which the second day’s prompt was love. To represent this, I thought I’d draw Juniper practicing some simple runecasting and drawing some runes representing love. Again, sorry for the low image quality! I drew this on notebook paper and made some quick and lazy edits to remove the notebook lines in GIMP.
My drawing requests are OPEN! I’m trying to teach myself how to improve my Sonic character drawings through practice, so I’d love to doodle your OC! Just send me a direct message or shoot me an ask!))
i started a gatchaman crowds insight x tokyo ghoul crossover like 3 months ago but forgot about it and realized photoshopping each character for half second scenes is the biggest demotivator… but i will get it done..