Re: most looked-up words
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 22:31|
Qthen|gai had none of these, but now it has two words for 'sovereignty':
a) The abstract concept of ruling by oneself/independently:
rule+self+abstraction = rqetatáuqé [Xq@_M ta_M tau)_R q@_H]
b) The extension/region of ruling by oneself/independently:
rule+self+extension = rqetatáuksáu [Xq@_M ta_M tau)_R ksau)_H]
Wow, no clicks in these! :-)
The lexicon is always incomplete, methinks. Any of the above words is
the last word I would have thought of to include.
> 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...
> 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,
> 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
> 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...