|From:||Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 27, 2004, 1:21|
Merkin - The spoken language of 21st century Amerkins. The verb prefix "ma-" indicates intention on the part of the speaker to perform the action of the verb in the immediate future. This derives from "moana" which stands before the verb and had the same meaning. This, in turn, comes from the older "amana", a contraction of "I'm gonna" which is a variation of "I am going to". Multi-word verbs like "run away" and "go for" became glued together into single words. The definite and indefinite articles, of course, became prefixes to the nouns they modify. Thus we go from: "I am going to go for a walk." to: "I'm gonna go for a walk." to: "Amana goefur a walk." to: "Moana goefur awawk." to: "Ma goefra awawk." to modern standard spoken Merkin: "Magoefrawawk."
|Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>|