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Re: May you all...

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Saturday, February 9, 2002, 11:27
En réponse à John Cowan <cowan@...>:

> > But the lint- stem dates back to the Naffarin period, which IIRC > (which stands for "if I recall correctly", for whoever asked) > predates his contact with Finnish: Naffarin is a sort of > pseudo-Spanish. >
In fact, it dates back from the Nevbosh period (look at the site Ardalambion in the article about nevbosh, you'll see that the lexicon has two words based on LINT, namely lint: "quick, clever, nimble" and faclint: "'make-lint', teach" (nice derivation :)) ). At this period (Tolkien was about 10), he could hardly have heard of Finnish. The only languages he knew a bit about then besides English were French and Spanish (and maybe Italian). He he, what I like about Nevbosh is the word woc: "cow", which is simply cow spelled the other way round, but the spelling suddenly connects the word with it's translation in Romance languages "vache", "vaca", "vacca", derived from Latin "vaca" /waka/ :)) . How said that Tolkien didn't have humour :)) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.