inventing words (was Re: Three questions from a lurker)
|From:||Joshua Shinavier <jshinavi@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 4, 1998, 15:27|
>I found this very interesting. What are some of the words that you've
>come up with in this way? What does "ty=EBrn" mean, for example?
The majority of such words have to do with various conceptual structures,
data processing, thinking in general; natural languages tend not to have
many words for such things, whereby they are a major focal point of my
language. To introduce a few other kinds (ty=EBrn is at the bottom):
las, lasel (s is always pronounced "ss") : one of my favorite words for
a person, this has a meaning similar in some ways to English "mature", bu=
obviously not equivalent to it, as even some children can be "las" while =
majority of adults are not. A lasel is free of prejudices, hypocrisy, fa=
conceptions about him/herself, knows his/her powers and is appropriately
self-confident in his/her actions (why is English so pathetic that it doe=
have a word for he/she? Pretty soon I'm going to start writing "del" ;).
A lasel is free from psychological hindrances to his/her altering his/her
environment at will, within the confines of moral behavior (e.g. someone
who "alters" his neighbor's too-loud stereo by means of a rifle is not
especially "las" :). The word also implies a certain degree of social
agility (of a benevolent kind), open-mindedness, and resourcefulness.
This "definition" probably sounds like quite a linguistic cocktail, but o=
because all the closest English equivalents dance around it like a tribal
bonfire; to me it is a very simple and natural concept.
kec (pronounced "kesh") =3D (to use) a stereotyped pattern of behavior whic=
become a psychological phenomenon disconnected from its original purpose,=
one which is performed "blindly" without any real understanding of the
cause-and-effect behind the action. The speaking of ritual "magic words"
is an example of a kec, so are many religious ceremonies (d=EBvakec); but=
doesn't neccessarily involve supernatural/religious beliefs -- if I disco=
that two solid slaps from the left followed by one from the right to my
computer's case will get it to stop humming like a lawnmower, and I reall=
don't know just why this works (though I fully expect some simple physica=
explanation), then this pattern becomes a kec, at least until I understan=
better. An action performed without even knowning the purpose, but
assuming there is one, is also a kec (obsessive behavior, encouraged
more by an emotional urge than a belief, is not kec). Habits are not
neccessarily kec, though a kec can become habitual of course.
klayn =3D "fractal", divisible into parts of the same description. A thing=
klayn with respect to some property if you can break it down into smaller
parts which have that same property. For instance, you can pick apart a
chestnut leaf (which is where the word first arose, before I had heard
about fractions, much less fractals :) into five or so smaller units whic=
are also leaves. If you try to pick one of these apart you no longer get
leaves, but objects which are only pieces of leaves.
Human society is also "klayn"; the collective consciousness of the entire=
of humankind can be thought of as one giant mind, "Vand" or "Elvand" (yes=
comes from "van" -- I; when you pluralize "van" what you are doing is
including other people with yourself in a collective "metamind" ("vayd"),=
claiming to be speaking on behalf of that collective mind and will. Plea=
don't associate Arov=EBn with the Borg; an Aro=EBl vayd is somewhat diffe=
which can be broken down arbitrarily into any number of smaller generaliz=
consciousness-es ("held=EF") -- the Europeans, the Mauritians, the Espera=
the denizens of the local lunatic asylum -- these last are probably more
characteristic than anyone of today's still very mentally-disturbed human
ty=EBrn : this word has a very artistic character and is always applied to =
A Ty=EBrnel is a person who lives their life as if it were in itself a wo=
abstract art, their masterpiece-in-the-making, always unfinished, always
changing. That work is to them the highest aim in life, really the most
important thing in it -- more important than money or comfort or social s=
or even personal happiness and well-being; such a person would sleep in a
closet their life long if it were to allow them greater perfection in the=
art. That's about the best I can do to describe the word in a few sentenc=
or maybe in any number of sentences; it's one of those subjective concept=
you would have to write a whole book about before you can have portrayed
I very rarely meet someone who strikes me as ty=EBrn, but when I do it se=
as obvious to me as if they were wearing a sign on their foreheads.
There is of course no way to strictly define such a quality, but there is
also no need; no one is ever going to have to fill out a form indicating
whether they are classified as Ty=EBrnel or An'ty=EBrnel ;-)
"Ty=EBr" is a color, a sort of pastel reddish-orange.
>I've only ever come up with one Tokana word in this way, namely "kemet".
>When a bunch of pigeons suddenly all fly up into the air, circle around,
>and then land in an altogether better place, that action is called
>"kemet". Or when a bunch of fallen leaves are blown up into the air
>by a gust of wind, fly around, and then fall back down to earth again,
>that's "kemet". There are other examples of "kemet" as well, which in
>my mind seemed to form a natural class. The best definition I could come
>up with is "the sudden, spontaneous, collective movement of a large group
>of small objects".
I like this word a lot, and I don't have such a word. The closest equivale=
would be "ayvannend" (which has to do with a group of many objects settling
down after chaotic activity) or "flens", to scatter in the wind. The
synchronized group reaction of a flock of birds or a school of fish is "tv=
so you might call a sudden group take-off of birds "tv=EBfyors wilv=EFay", =
isn't as elegant as "kemet". It gives no assurance at all that they're eve=
going to land again, either :-)