26 February 2016

ocean is ozteri (revisited)

ozteri = ocean (noun) (Some things Google found for "ozteri": a rare term; user names, notably of someone from Finland; bad OCR of old text documents, often of Latin word posteri which can mean descendants; similar Ozter is a rare last name; similar Ozieri is the name of a place in Italy)

Word derivation for "ocean" :
Basque = ozeano (likely a borrowed word)
Finnish = valtameri (compound word: mighty or great + sea)
Miresua = ozteri

My previous Miresua conlang word for ocean was oztari. This is a small change, a tweak, to make the word look more like the Finnish word for sea.

This post was in draft mode yesterday, but I forgot to post it. So I'm going to fudge the posting date. Let's pretend I posted this word last night.

The word ocean doesn't occur in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-glass.

18 February 2016

soft is bimeä (revisited)

bimeä = soft (adjective) (Some things Google found for "bimea": an unusual term; Bimea is a UK P2P food import / export company; BiMEA is a German retinal science research project; BIMEA is Binh Duong Mechanical Electrical Association of Vietnam; Bimea is a very rare first name)

Word derivation for "soft":
Basque = bigun, Finnish = pehmeä
Miresua = bimeä

My previous Miresua conlang word for soft was pebun.

The word soft appears once in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This quote refers to Alice's cat Dinah.
Alice went on, half to herself, as she swam lazily about in the pool, "and she sits purring so nicely by the fire, licking her paws and washing her face -- and she is such a nice soft thing..."

10 February 2016

brown is rumare (revisited)

rumare = brown (color) (adjective) (Some things Google found for "rumare": an unusual to uncommon term; in the Elder Scrolls video game Rumare Slaughterfish live in Lake Rumare; an unusual last name; LEGO castle design called Abbey of Saint Rumare; similar Rumara is a place in Papua New Guinea)

Word derivation for "brown" :
Basque = marroi, Finnish = ruskea
Miresua = rumare

My previous Miresua conlang word for brown was rarko. I think the new word is less of an alphabetic scramble, plus it uses the M.

The word brown appears twice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The Mouse did not answer, so Alice went on eagerly: "There is such a nice little dog near our house I should like to show you! A little bright-eyed terrier, you know, with oh, such long curly brown hair!"

02 February 2016

fat (adjective) is lova (revisited)

lova = fat (adjective) (Some things Google found for "lova": a very common term; an unusual to uncommon usually feminine first name; an unusual last name; Lova Lova is an 2009 album and song title by French pop/rock band Superbus; 868 Lova is a minor planet or asteroid orbiting the Sun; IKEA Lova (or Löva) children's bed canopy; Lova Weddings of Shanghai; Lova Hotel Spa in Turkey; in French a conjugation of the verb lover which means to coil; in Hungarian lova is the third-person singular possessive of ló which means horse; in Lithuanian similar lóva means bed; name of a village in Italy)

Word derivation for "fat" (adjective) :
Basque = lodi, Finnish = lihava
Miresua = lova

My previous word for fat (adjective) was lida. I like lova better for this word and, in addition, Lova is a rarer first name than Lida.

Regretfully, I've decided to decrease the number of scheduled postings to this blog to four per month. I seriously need to update my dictionary.

I found the word fat once in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in the poem "You Are Old, Father William".
"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door--
Pray, what is the reason of that?"