10 June 2014

six is sui (revisited)

sui = six (number) (adjective) (some things Google found for "sui": a very common term; Sui Dynasty of China (581-619 AD); sui generis is a Latin expression meaning "only example of its kind or unique"; an uncommon last name that can be Chinese, notably fashion designer Anna Sui; an uncommon first name that can be feminine; SUI is the NYSE stock symbol for Sun Communities Inc.; a SUI tax is for State Unemployment Insurance; means needle in Hindi (transliterated); means on the in Italian; means herself, itself, himself in Latin; name of a couple counties in China; name of places in Pakistan, India, Burkina Faso, Papua New Guinea, and Honduras)

Word derivation for "six"
Basque = sei, Finnish = kuusi
Miresua = sui

My previous Miresua conlang word for six was usei, which broke a couple of my self-imposed, word building rules. The word should start with a consonant, as both the Basque and Finnish words do. Also, the Miresua word shouldn't of contained the Basque word in its entirety.

The word six occurs twice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, one of which was quoted in the previous post. It also occurs five times in Through the Looking-glass including the following bit.
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one CAN'T believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast...."

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