22 May 2013

sister is aizar (revisited)

aizar = sister (noun) (some things Google found for "aizar": an uncommon term: Aizar Schools in Pakistan; an unusual masculine first name; a rare last name; name of several gaming characters; Aizar S.L. is an air conditioning and heating company in Spain; similarly named Aizarna is a place in the Basque region of Spain)

Word derivation for "sister" :
Basque = ahizpa, Finnish = sisar
Miresua = aizar

My previous Miresua word for sister was ahisa.

The word sister appears in the first paragraph of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Ikr Odr said...

The word Ahizpa in basque is sister as you say, but only if a girl is speaking. I mean, if I'm a boy I will say (nire arreba) (my sister) but if I'm a girl I will say (nire ahizpa) (my sister).

If I'm a boy -> my brother = anaia (brother)

If I'm a boy -> my sister= arreba (sister)

If I'm a girl -> my brother= neba (brother)

IF I'm a girl -> my sister= ahizpa (sister)

Yes, we basque are complicated!

Mariska said...

Thank you for mentioning this. I wasn't aware of the Basque usage. The grammar is interestingly complicated. I saw arreba for sister, as well as ahizpa, but I wrongly thought they were synonyms.