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Re: Arthropoda

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 10:23
On 31 May, James Campbell wrote:

>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 >if possible. > >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.
With regard to Israeli Hebrew, I just asked my daughter (who's a native speaker) and she said that there isn't any commonly used general word. People here tend to call each creepy crawly by its name. There _is_ a word /xarakim/ meaning "insects", but, she says, that has more of a biological-scientific flavor to it. There is another word used in the Bible in this context: /Serets/, but nobody uses it in common speech. rtemmu does not yet have such a word either. (I'll have to get to work on it! :-) ) Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.