Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: James Keilty's Prashad

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2008, 7:10
On Feb 13, 2008, at 5:51 PM, Rick Harrison wrote:

> Very interesting. I was able to view part of the Delany book on > ... found the following to be delightfully strange: > > ``The verb _irid_, to be, as is often the case with > this verb in other languages, is slightly irregular, > but _ir_ also means "god" or "wrong" (for reasons > best known to the Prashadsim); _sha ira_ would mean > "that is wrong" or "that is god."''
That's cool, but might not be that strange -- the English word _sin_ comes from the PIE root *es-, "to be", in a form meaning "that which is". And "that which is" could also conceivably mutate into meaning a specific entity which is believed to exist, such as a god -- cf. the biblical "I am that am".