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Word of the Day 2/14 – daltarv

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n. a lawn, yard, the area immediately around a house. Derivations daltavrola a sport such as tennis, played on grass Etymology Originally from daln, meaning “home”, and tav’r, “grass”, with a simplification of the cluster -lnt-, and desyllabification of the final -v’r. Notes The daltarv is, in non-rural areas, simply the extent of one’s property […]

Word of the Day 2/13 – telsin

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v. to consume or expend a resource. Derivations telsaen a consumable resource telsun consumable; expendable telsaensil a consumer, one who consumes Related Terms utir to make use of tec to eat, consume, as food Notes telsin is used in both economic and scientific senses. Scientifically, it is most often used when referring to chemical reactions, […]

Word of the Day 2/12 – tsomu

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adj. famous, well-known. Examples tetsuvil ya tson in tsomu. Everybody wants to be rich and famous. Derivations tsoma fame tsomil a famous person, celebrity Notes (OOC) The similarity between the words for “famous” (tsomu) and “rich” (tson) can’t be entirely an accident. There may be some influence from the neighboring language Kasemi, where a final […]

Word of the Day 2/11 – ecem

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v. to repel, drive away, push back. Examples ecemab ikelem irxelasiletan. The army drove back the invaders. alkin nemral, ine ecem saemal. Opposites attract, but likes repel. Derivations ecaem repulsion, a repulsive force ecom repulsive, repellent Antonyms alkin to attract altiren to attract, magnetically Notes The distinction between physical attraction (alkaen) and electromagnetic attraction (altiraen) […]

Word of the Day 2/10 – mintuam

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adv. soon, in a little while, in a short time. Examples minutam ogenrud daln’l. I’ll be home soon. Derivations minutoram too soon, early, prematurely Synonyms uttham in a short time Etymology minutam is likely derived from minul, “short”, and tamb, “time”, giving the obvious meaning. Notes minutoram derives from a misunderstanding: the final -am was […]