10 January 2014

slow is gedis

gedis = slow (adjective) (some things Google found for "gedis": an uncommon term; GEDIS Studio is an online test data generator; a rare last name; a rare first name; Gedis is a Muslim Online Bookshop based in France; GEDIS is an acronym for Geological Exploration and Development Information System in Australia; similar gediş in Azerbaijani means departure; similar Gediz is the the of a place in Turkey)

Word derivation for "slow (sluggish)"
Basque = geldi, Finnish = hidas
Miresua = gedis

In English there are a number meanings for the adjective slow. For example, slow can mean taking a long time to move a short distance; or happening gradually; or lacking promptness; or lacking liveliness; or being dull-witted.

The English word slow doesn't translate easily to Basque. There are multiple Basque words meaning slow. In addition to geldi, which means "slow, sluggish; still", other Basque words that can mean slow are motel, mantso, astitsu, patxadatsu and geldo. There are somewhat different meanings to all these words. I can say with some confidence, geldo means slow as in dull-witted.

The word slow doesn't appear in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the adverb slowly occurs eight times.

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