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Re: Death threats was Re: Yer Ugly Mug is open for business!

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Thursday, May 1, 2003, 12:32
One of my first connected sentences in Yhe Vala Lakha was a death challenge, a
fight to the death:

"Ya trau, ya shawi, ya brech!" - "It is claws, it is teeth, it is blood!"

I'm certain that could be turned into a death threat - "Ya brechnai, ya
yezhchenai!"  - "It's your blood, it's your death!"

Or "Ya nai ya naibrech!" - "It'll be you who'll be bleeding!"  And
complementing that, "ain naasire!" - "but I'll be laughing!"  Then of course
there's the more vaguely worded "Taina yezhech yezhchya" - "This one'll most
assuredly die" literally  "die dying".

The singular |nai| is used instead of the more common plural |enai| to
indicate the contempt of the speaker for her opponent.  There are a whole
list of insults relating to this matter, ranging from the vaguely insulting,
"Ya enairoitau?" - "Are you awake?", to the frankly obscene "Eiyha
naafayezhchai yhe eibrechrechya ya madea!" - "I don't kill either virgins
(Unbleeding) or the insane!"

Terrified yet? ;)

Wesley Parish

On Thursday 01 May 2003 01:04 am, you wrote:
> On Tuesday 29 April 2003 08:55 pm, Joe Fatula wrote: > > > [3] This should not be considered an invitation for death threats, mind > > > you. > > > > What if they're in a conlang? Or better yet, what if they're in one of > > _your_ conlangs? > > Ah; if someone would write a death threat in Enamyn, I would be > very pleased, albeit very surprised, considering that I haven't released > much information about it. I'm still writing the Enamyn Language Manual > (ELM), so until I get it to a reasonably stable and readable state, I'm > keeping it close to the chest. > > :Peter
-- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."