Volapuk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Volapuk one of the first artificial language constructed for use as an auxiliary international language; based largely on English but with some German and French and Latin roots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Volapük Literally, world's speech; the name of an artificial language invented by Johan Martin Schleyer, of Constance, Switzerland, about 1879.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Volapuk vō-la-pük′ a name given to a universal language invented in 1879 by Johann Schleyer of Constance, Baden, the vocabulary being mainly based on English, and the grammar being simplified to the utmost
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lit. 'world-speech'—vol, shortened from Eng. world, pük, for Eng. speak.

Usage

In literature:

Volapuk is a paradox, unless one has French or English or German or some other language that has grown up in a nation.
"Story of My Life" by Helen Keller
We are now sick of such a multitude of languages and wish all the world spoken Volapuk.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
Enough has been said to show what scope there is for revision of this sentimental Volapuk.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
VOLAPUK was easy so long as, like Pidgin-English, it contained only a few hundred words and no grammar.
"The Mystic Will" by Charles Godfrey Leland
The universal language of humanity is neither Volapuk, nor Esperanto, nor Ido.
"Second Sight" by Sepharial
That's Volapuk you're talking about, Jerry.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
I am in deep sympathy with the people who invented Volapuk, and are trying to invent Esperanto.
"The Ship Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
It is past the time for the three hours' exercise in agglutive Volapuk.
"The Awakening of Spring" by Frank Wedekind
SCHLEYER'S GRAMMAR, with Vocabularies of Volapuk (the Language of the World), for all Speakers of the English Language.
"Whittaker & Co.'s List of Classical, Educational and Technical Works" by Whittaker & Co.
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