30 June 2016

sixteen is suitima

suitima = sixteen (numeral) (Some things Google found for "suitima": a rare term; user name; similar Suitime is a B&B guest house in Milan, Italy; similar SUITMA is an acronym for Soils in Urban, Industrial, Traffic and Mining Areas which is a soil sciences conference group; similar suitjama is a pajama that looks like a men's suit; somewhat similar suita means suite in Croatian and Slovenian; bad OCR of old texts)

Word derivation for "sixteen" :
Basque = hamasei (from ten + six)
Finnish = kuusitoista (six + -teen)
Miresua = suitima (six + -teen)

This new word is also more Finnish than Basque, but hopefully not too much so. I want some regularity in Miresua.

The word sixteen doesn't occur in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-glass. Although I found out that fifteen does, so I've updated my previous post.

22 June 2016

fifteen is vositima

vositima = fifteen (numeral) (Some things Google found for "vositima": a very rare term; similar Vestima is an investment fund service; similar Fostiima is a business school in Delhi, India; similar visitmina is a website for the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the UK)

Word derivation for "fifteen" :
Basque = hamabost (from ten + five)
Finnish = viisitoista (five + -teen)
Miresua = vositima (five + -teen)

Another new number word. This one is more Finnish than Basque, but I think not unreasonably so.

When I originally posted this, I wasn't sure if the word fifteen occurred in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or not. I didn't have a searchable text handy. Now I can happily say fifteen appears once in the book.
"...she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!"

10 June 2016

fourteen is nelutima

nelutima = fourteen (numeral) (Some things Google found for "nelutima": a nearly unique term; similar nelutina seems to mean something in Latvian but I'm unable to translate it; somewhat similar Nelutu is masculine first name that can be Romanian)

Word derivation for "fourteen" :
Basque = hamalau (from ten + four)
Finnish = neljätoista (four + -teen)
Miresua = nelutima (four + -teen)

Another new word, as I continue to make words to count upward from ten.

The word fourteen doesn't appear in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but I found it once in Through the Looking-glass.
"Are you a child or a teetotum?" the Sheep said, as she took up another pair of needles. "You'll make me giddy soon, if you go on turning round like that." She was now working with fourteen pairs at once, and Alice couldn't help looking at her in great astonishment.

"How CAN she knit with so many?" the puzzled child thought to herself.

06 June 2016

thirteen is kiretima

kiretima = thirteen (numeral) (Some things Google found for "kiretima": a nearly unique term; somewhat similar keratin is a fibrous protein in skin, hair and nails; somewhat similar crictime is a cricket match streaming website; somewhat similar kiremit means tile in Turkish)

Word derivation for "thirteen" :
Basque = hamahiru (from ten + three)
Finnish = kolmetoista (three + -teen)
Miresua = kiretima (three + -teen)

This is a new word. Upon consideration, I've decided to modify my Miresua conlang suffix for -teen from -taima to -tima. That means my words for eleven and twelve, which I previously posted, are no longer entirely correct, and will need to be revisited later.

The word thirteen appears once in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
"I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is -- oh dear!"