In this play area, full of surprises, “Fun with Language” offers different thematic alcoves, as well as games from around the world, including a giant Scrabble game and a relaxation area so you can enjoy a little break during your visit.
What is slang? What is its purpose? What is a magic word? Where do swear words come from? Why do neo-tribal languages exist?
- Good and bad uses of language
- Magic words & taboo words
- Fun languages invented for communication within a group
- Language games
Dive into the exciting world of codes and decoding. With or without a machine, learn to decipher the mythical codes that have played a role in history.
- The Enigma machine
- Different types of coding: Caesar’s code, the Vigenere Cipher, Morse…
- Job focus: Spy
Humour and language are closely connected, discover how these mechanisms work and examples that will make you smile.
- Humour with and without language
- Some examples
Lies & forgeries
Enter the world of forgers: lies, weasel words, irony, forgery… and foil the world-famous plots such as the case of the Queen’s necklace, the Dreyfus Affair…
- Speech acts
- The polygraph
- The blacksmith
” To take to one’s heels”, “A rolling stone gathers no moss”… Enter the amazing world of proverbs and find their origin.
Names, addresses & acronyms
We use them every day, and we still do not know their origin and meaning. Get to the heart of the history of names, surnames and acronyms.
- First names
- Different address formats
Other invented languages
In order to transport us to another world, imaginary or real, languages have been created or recreated … Discover Qenya or Goldogrin, Elvish languages, or Klingon (Star Trek) without delay…
- Catalogue of invented languages
- Gibberish / Charabia
- Recreated languages
Find word games around the world with a unique selection of game shows! Countdown or Pyramid will never be the same again!