Re: Werewolf (was: Weekly Vocab #1.1.1 (repost #1))
|From:||Elliott Lash <erelion12@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 15, 2006, 19:13|
Romlangers out there,
what's your version of "werewolf"? Does anyone have a
reflex of "uersipellis"?
If I were making a Spanish conlang, would it have
something like: *vesibel?
Late Latin: versipelle
ue > ve-
rs > -s- [as in ursum > oso]
p > -b- [lenition]
lost of accusative ending -e[m].
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> French has _loup-garou_ (plural: loups-garous) where
> the 'wolf' element
> (loup) is clearly first. but _garou_ is, of course,
> not the French for
> 'man'; it is from Old French _garoul_ which is from
> Frankish (a Germanic
> lang) *werwulf.
> While Spanish has _hombre lobo_ (man wolf), it
> sister langs of Galician
> & Portuguese put the 'wolf' first, thus: Galician:
> lobisón; Portuguese:
> Italian _lupo mannaro_ also puts 'wolf' first (The
> etymology of
> _mannaro_ is uncertain. Some derive it from a
> Germanic mann- (man);
> others derive the phrase from an earlier
> *lup'umanario "humanish wolf").
> Before someone asks, Latin merely has _uersipellis_
> ("skin-changer") :)
> Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu.
> There's none too old to learn.
> [WELSH PROVERB}