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Re: most looked-up words

From:Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 19:59
On Tue, 7 Dec 2004 00:22:36 -0000, And Rosta <a.rosta@...> wrote:

> > >lists the top 10 words most looked up in the online dictionary >(excluding hard-to-spell words like _accommodate_ and words >whose tabooness imparts a frisson to their looking up). > >1. blog >2. incumbent >3. electoral >4. insurgent >5. hurricane >6. cicada >7. peloton : noun (1951) : the main body of riders in a bicycle race >8. partisan >9. sovereignty >10. defenestration >
> >At any rate, I will wager that no conlang has words for all 10. >My conlang has no word for any of the 10. But one supersized >all-American kudo to the conlang with the words for the most >of the 10... > >--And.
Without cheating, Xinkutlan has _dabulqudz_ /dabulqud'z/ (hurricane) from /dabu'l/ "storm" and /qud'zul/ "demon", and "tsizec" /tsIzeS/ (cicada). I've since worked on "sovereignty", and come up with _suepetetlui_ /swepetet'Kuj/ from _petetl_ "king" via _suepetetl_ "kingly, majestic". All the words for the mechanics of democracy (incumbent, electoral et al) do not exist in Bronze Age Xinkutlan. And the closest I can come to "peloton" (new word to me) is _aguir_ /a'gwir/ from _moiaguir_ (_moia_ means "wheel"): a word for a pack (?word) of chariots. The vocabulary I've got masses of words for is animals. It's fitting, I suppose, as their tech level isn't too high, but it's getting to be overkill. There are too many animals and birds (*especially* birds) to name! Mind you, I have some interesting domestic animal vocab (the idea stolen wholesale from Kazakh and then taken a step further)- numbers of words for livestock depending on gender, age, and whether it has all its parts or has been castrated. I need more verbs... Geoff


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>