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Swearing, the Five Wits, poems

From:Matt McLauchlin <matt_mcl@...>
Date:Saturday, September 30, 2000, 6:43
Re swearing:

I read somewhere that most curses could be divided into three categories:
religious curses (Hostie de saint-sacrement!), bodily function curses (Fuck
that shit!), and family curses (Tu madre!)

Anyway, in Lyanjen they have one main taboo word: "aks", meaning "to
murder". (If you wish to refer to murder in polite company, you can use the
verb "tanat" (to kill/die) transitively, and there are a few other idioms.)

As in:

Akste mañen (nas!) "Murder your mother!" ~= "Fuck off!"
Akste k'niriléeinde nan! "Murder her who bore you!" ~= even worse.
R'akste craiand! "Get murdered screaming!" ~= "Fuck you! Go to hell!"
K'aks! "Murder!" ~= "Shit! Goddammit!"
Asajan akseb. "We have been murdered." ~= "We're screwed."

Re the five wits: Where did that list come from?

>English: He that finds discontentment in one place is not likely to find >happiness in another.
Iks ercain ca, ni k'laulanda aptobisecan daitoi laulu tobisecan ele'dait. "It is not likely that a finder of discontent in one place will find contentment elsewhere." iks | ercain -er | ca | ni | k'- laul -and -a | not | be likely 3pSgPrInd | this | that | ErgPrt find PrSimPrt person | ap- tobis -ec -an | dai -t -oi | laul -u | opposite be content state Abs | place Loc some | find 3pSgFuSim | tobis -ec -an | ele dai -t be content state Abs | other place Loc
>English: In quarreling about the shadow we often lose the substance
T'ñus'sianandat socat, asajar bleckas menotard troman. "Through debating the shadow/image, we often lose the substance." t'- ñus sian -and | soc -at | asaj -ar | bleck -asar NomPrt know throw PrSimPrt | shadow Loc | weIncl Erg | lose 1pPlPrInd menot -ard | trom -an be frequent PrIndPrt | substance Abs
>English: They are not wise who give to themselves the credit due to >others.
K'ubiardaja sun k'kaaus elerdajar iks maucagar. "Those who congratulate themselves for what others have done are not wise." k'- ubia -rd -a -ja | su -n | k'- ka(e) -aus ErgPrt praise PrIndPrt person NomPl | RfxPlGend Abs | ErgPrt do GenPl ele -rd -a -jar | iks | mauc -agar be other PrIndPrt person ErgPl | not | be wise 3pPlPrInd Blessed be, Écartons ces romans Matt McLauchlin qu'on appèle systèmes, GM18, Montreal, Canada Et pour nous éléver English/français/esperanto descendons dans nous-mêmes. icq: 4420218 -Voltaire _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at