18 January 2009

gray is aris (revisited)

aris = gray (color) (adjective) (some things Google found for "aris": a common term; a masculine first name and short for Greek names such as Aristotle or Aristo; a last name that can be English; ARIS Software LLC; means "edge or hem" in Indonesian; name of cities in Spain and Greece and a town in Namibia)

Word derivation for "gray" (or grey):
Basque = gris, Finnish = harmaa
Miresua = aris

My previous Miresua conlang word for gray was arais. I'm shortening this word by one letter to make the plural simplier. (Yes, there are adjective plurals.) Also arais looked more like French than I wanted.

I prefer to begin my Miresua word with a consonant when both the Basque and Finnish words start with a constant, but in this case having three "a"s in the Finnish word was an overriding factor. In addition there's another Basque word, arre, which can mean dark gray, as well as something to say to encourage a donkey to get moving.

This Miresua conlang word has been changed. The word for gray is now haris.

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