30 December 2013
Word derivation for "paw"
Basque = hanka, Finnish = käpälä
Miresua = känpa
Another word in Finnish for paw is tassu.
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice said of her cat Dinah, "she sits purring so nicely by the fire, licking her paws and washing her face..."
26 December 2013
Word derivation for "tail"
Basque = häntä, Finnish = buztan
Miresua = häztan
Another word in Finnish for tail is pyrstö.
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat "vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin..."
22 December 2013
Word derivation for "whisker"
Basque = bibote (whisker, mustache)
Finnish = viiksi (whisker, half of a mustache) (mustache is viikset)
Miresua = viboke
Another Finnish word for whisker is viiksikarva, where karva means hair, fur.
The Basque word for whisker, bibote, is from the Spanish word for mustache and whisker, bigote.
Whiskers, the plural, such as of a cat, will be viboket. This word will also mean mustache. By the way, there are other words in Basque and Finnish for hair in a beard or sideburns.
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Queen of Hearts shrieked out, "Turn that Dormouse out of court! Suppress him! Pinch him! Off with his whiskers!"
18 December 2013
Word derivation for "size"
Basque = tamaina, Finnish = koko
Miresua = tamko
The Basque word tamaina is similar to the Spanish noun tamaño which means size. Another Basque word for size is neurri (size, measure).
The Finnish word koko means size, format. As an adjective, koko means whole, entire. Another Finnish word for size is suuruus (size, greatness, magnitude).
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Caterpillar asked Alice, "What size do you want to be?"
14 December 2013
Word derivation for "glove"
Basque = eskularru (esku (hand) + larru (skin))
Finnish = hansikas
Miresua = eshukas
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The White Rabbit was "splendidly dressed, with a pair of white kid gloves...".
There's a syllable break between the s and the h, there's no "sh" sound in the pronunciation.
10 December 2013
Word derivation for "elbow"
Basque = ukondo, Finnish = kyynärpää
Miresua = kynädo
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in the Mad Tea-Party chapter, the March Hare and the Hatter had the sleeping Dormouse sitting between them, and they "were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it".
By the way, the plural, elbows, would be kynädot.
06 December 2013
Word derivation for "soup"
Basque = zopa, Finnish = keitto
Miresua = zeipo
In Chapter 10 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Mock Turtle sings the song "Turtle Soup" which begins like this:
"Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!"
02 December 2013
Word derivation for "answer"
Basque = erantzun, Finnish = vastaus
Miresua = evastun
This snippet is from the Mad Tea-Party scene:
"Have you guessed the riddle yet?" the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.The riddle was "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?" The Hatter asked Alice a riddle that had no answer.
"No, I give it up," Alice replied: "what's the answer?"