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Re: most looked-up words

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 22:31

> 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
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: Also 'dominion': 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. **Henrik
> > > [snip] > > > >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