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Re: A small taste

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 9:47
>---------------------- Information from the mail header >----------------------- >Sender: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >Poster: Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...> >Subject: Re: A small taste >-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >Is there a word that indicates a small harvest, without implying that it >was the farmer's fault? E.g., there was a drought that year? >
Well, the more superstitious would always claim it's the Farmer's fault (he didn't placate the rain god, or the god of harvest enough!), but a more mundane way and longer is simply to use the adjective for small: "kekis" and link it to iwari: kekis cam iwari - a small harvest. Most educated folk are not so supersititious and it doesnt have the same perjorative weight that it does for most of the rural folk. But the diminutive is usually preferred because it's a quicker way to say it. But either is acceptable.