|From:||James Campbell <james@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 7:17|
In my relentless pursuit of realism (!) for Jameld, and real-life concepts
to translate into it, I realized this morning as I was binning a dead
bluebottle that I have no term for creepy-crawly.
So, a Request For Information:
What terms exist in your nat- or conlangs as a generic for arthropod
creatures? Please specify whether the word is considered childish, or
colloquial or whatever, and please provide a literal translation in English
So far I have:
"Standard" (i.e. Dictionary) German: Krabbeltier [crawling-animal]
Dutch: (eng) beestje [animal-DIM; _eng_ = narrow, "creepy"]
...but for these too, I'd like to know how they "feel" to a native speaker.
I feel this is exactly the sort of concept we should be able to express
conlinguistically if our languages are to be fully prepared for real-world
email@example.com James Campbell Zeugma--Our Life Is Design www.zolid.com