10 January 2014
slow is gedis
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.