Re: They Have a Word for It!
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 3, 2001, 14:31|
I'm sure some of you are familiar with
Suzette Haden Elgin's LAadan. She
has a wordlist as well for interesting,
and complicated ideas. This is taken
from her "sampler," where she gives
examples of the "ra-" verbs (to NOT
do/be something). Some of my faves are:
doo'ledosh: "pain or loss which comes
as a relief by virtue of ending the
anticipation of its coming."
doroledim, "to over-eat, because that is
the only thing that gives one pleasure."
radamalh, "to non-touch, to actively
refrain from touching, with evil intent."
(In other words, I think, it means to
withhold physical affection, perhaps
even withholding help needed).
ralorolo, "non-thunder, much talk and
commotion from one (or more) with no
real knowledge of what they're talking
about or trying to do." This reminds
me of Matt Pearson's Tokana word:
ranem: "non-pearl, an ugly thing one builds
layer by layer as an oyster does a pearl,
such as festering hatred"
wohosheni, "to feel joined to, part of someone
or something without reservations or barriers.
I love the idea of "hakamaroo" that Yoon Ha
Lee lists below. I need to make up far more
Teonaht words that have specialized meanings,
but this one is a must have!
----- Original Message -----
From: Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2001 12:02 AM
Subject: Re: They Have a Word for It!
> On Thu, 2 Aug 2001, John Cowan wrote:
> > Yoon Ha Lee scripsit:
> > > hakamaroo: outrageously aggressive borrowing behavior (Pascuense,Easter
> > > Island)
> > Better: "borrowing things without the intention of returning them, as a
> > malicious act."
> > This is my #1 favorite word from this book.
> I'll remember your definition; it fits the description of the behavior
> better. :-)
> I'm going to have to contrive some way to use it in email to my
> anthropology major who's at Easter Island on a grant from Cornell to
> study the culture there. :-) Neat stuff.