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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.[1]

It is the alternate language of the gnomes in World of Warcraft.

Gnomish primer Edit

Gnomish names Edit

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.[2]

Gnomish words (speculation) Edit

Questionmark-medium This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials.*

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) Edit

  • "Um"--"Hi"
  • "Helm"--"Hello"
  • "Am"--"Yes"
  • "Nid"--"No"
  • "Gal"--"Run"
  • "Ferdosr"--"Warrior"
  • "Rune"--"Mage"
  • "Frend"--"Rogue"
  • "Havagun"--"Paladin"
  • "Rugosh"--"Priest"
  • "Tiras"--"Druid"
  • "Haldir"--"Elf"
  • "Dun"--"Settlement / Ground"
  • "Grum"--"Steel / Metal"

Speculation Edit

Questionmark-medium This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials.*

"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.[3]

Notes Edit

  • Binary Brew, an alcoholic drink which temporarily gives the consumer the ability to speak in "Gnomish Binary" (Alliance) or "Goblin Binary" (Horde).

References Edit


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