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Gnomish is the native language of the gnomes. It is often called Gnim or simply Gnome tongue. Until recently gnomes were little known among the residents of Kalimdor, and many assumed that they were nothing more than myth. As such anyone who claimed to speak the language of gnomes was dismissed as a drunken lout.
Gnome parents name their children at birth. Gnomes have family names that represent an honored ancestor’s achievements, but they only keep these names until some time in their thirties. At this point, gnome society expects them to have made their own achievements, and thus the gnome invents a new name that represents his own accomplishments. This name then takes the place of his family name.
- Male Names: Grobnick, Kazbo, Hagin, Snoonose, Oscapp.
- Female Names: Beggra, Nefti, Sorassa, Gamash, Parazzle.
- Family Names: Spinpistol, Airslicer, Bombtosser, Greatgear.
Gnomish words (speculation)
This is the list of words created by the in-game language parser for the Gnomish language, and is listed as language number thirteen (word range 1151-1235, 1237-1279) in the Language text file.
In the in-game translator, the language parser for Gnomish shares similar words with Dwarven, Common and Gutterspeak.
Note: The language algorithm used by the in-game "translator" merely makes the words look like Gnomish. It does not actually use a specific dictionary. Therefore, translated in-game speech isn't true Gnomish.
|Number of letters in word||Word list|
|One-letter words||A, C, D, E, F, G, I, O, T|
|Two-letter words||Am, Ga, Ke, Lo, Ok, So, Ti, Um, Va, We|
|Three-letter words||Bur, Dun, Fez, Giz, Gal, Gar, Her, Mik, Mor, Mos, Nid, Rod, Zah|
|Four-letter words||Buma, Cost, Dani, Gear, Gosh, Grum, Helm, Hine, Huge, Lock, Kahs, Rand, Riff, Rune|
|Five-letter words||Algos, Angor, Dagem, Frend, Goten, Haven, Havis, Mitta, Modan, Modor, Nagin, Tiras, Thros, Weird|
|Six-letter words||Danieb, Drugan, Dumssi, Gizber, Haldir, Helmok, Mergud, Protos, Revosh, Rugosh, Shermt, Waldor|
|Seven-letter words||Bergrim, Costirm, Ferdosr, Ganrokh, Geardum, Godling, Haidren, Havagun, Noxtyec, Scrutin, Sturome, Thorneb|
|Eight-letter words||Aldanoth, Azregorn, Bolthelm, Botlikin, Dimligar, Gefrunon, Godunmug, Grumgizr, Kahsgear, Kahzregi, Landivar, Methrine, Mikthros, Misfaran, Nandiger, Thulmane|
|Nine-letter words||Angordame, Elodergim, Elodmodor, Naggirath, Nockhavis|
|Ten-letter words||Ahzodaugum, Alegaskron, Algosgoten, Danavandar, Dyrstagist, Falhadrink, Frendgalva, Mosgodunan, Mundgizber, Naginbumat, Sihnvulden, Throsigear, Vustrangin|
|Eleven-letter words||Ferdosmodan, Gizbarlodun, Haldjinagin, Helmokheram, Kahzhaldren, Lockrevoshi, Robuswaldir, Skalfgizgar, Thrunon'gol, Thumanerand|
Word list (estimation)
- "Dun"--"Settlement / Ground"
- "Grum"--"Steel / Metal"
"Gnome" as a language term has an apparent connection to D&D derived generic languages, which apparently can be found in D&D rule books.
- Binary Brew, an alcoholic drink which temporarily gives the consumer the ability to speak in "Gnomish Binary" (Alliance) or "Goblin Binary" (Horde).