Swearing, the Five Wits, poems
|From:||Matt McLauchlin <matt_mcl@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 30, 2000, 6:43|
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.)
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
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 substanceT'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
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
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