Definition - The most widely spoken artificial language. Its vocabulary consists of roots common to the chief European languages.

William Shatner Speaking Esperanto

A random clip from the cult classic Incubus (1965), one of the few films made entirely in Esperanto. Shatner's accent sounds a bit off, but who's to say.

Here's the trailer for the film's re-release. It is the embodiment of camp.

Example -
Kioma estas la horo? (What time is it?)

Etymology -
The name means "one who hopes." It derives from the pseudonym Doktoro Esperanto, the name its inventor, Ludvic Zamenhof, used on the title page of his primordial 1887 treatise on the language.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1888:
(title) "Dr. Esperanto's International Tongue.… Edited for Englishmen."

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