Re: Seasons greetings
|From:||Mia Soderquist <tuozin@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 27, 1999, 15:22|
> Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka
Ea-diwe don't celebrate Christmas. They celebrate the Winter
Solstice as "ea-benereta", lit. "The Sun-birth".
Traditional greetings for benereta are:
ma rewa ea-benereta! (Enjoy The Sunbirth!)
ma nege ia benereta! (Be happy at Sunbirth time!)
A more general greeting for any native holiday is "ma rewa
ea-tari", "enjoy the holiday".
Now, since ea-luna also has a second purpose as my personal
language, there is actually a way to say "Merry Christmas". It is
"merikaritimatu", in the mele kalikimaka-style. This is pure
gibberish in ea-luna... Since ea-luna is full of compound words
that LOOK something like that, I thought I'd break this down a
few different ways to see how a native speaker, upon first
encountering this out of context, might interpret it:
both ka and kari have no assigned meaning at this time.
matu - previous, prior
tima is unassigned
I can't think of the last time I ever used the word "merry"
outside of "Merry Christmas" or as the root of "merriment"...
Mia Soderquist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ide bani ea-leli ene ua legi la, ua ide leri la dade lia
dike ida nuku ua kede.
(ma rage ea-luna!)