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Re: water (was:re:sounds like...)

From:Eric Christopherson <eric@...>
Date:Monday, November 23, 1998, 22:47
John Cowan wrote:
> > Matt Pearson wrote: > > > Tokana has several words for water. Water as a substance or element > > is "hum", a word which I'm supremely unhappy with and will have to > > change one of these days. > > Why not just heave it overboard? Tokana chemists, if there ever > are any, can develop their own terms for dihydrogen monoxide. > After all, if Japanese (IIRC) can get along with words for "hot water" > and "cold water" but no word for "water" simpliciter, why can't > Tokana just have "wild water" and "tame water"?
Hmmm... I thought 'mizu' in Japanese was just plain water.