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- fųįdi (n.) ‘songbird’
OmariDec 30, 2012
- 31st #Lexember word: Adodun /ado̞dun/, proper noun: New Year. Refers to the New Year itself, i.e. in our case to 2013 as a whole.
In terms of derivation, it's an example of a head-first compound. Most compounds in Moten are head-last or dvandva compounds. But Moten features also some (slightly less common) head-first compounds. They are always of the form noun+adjective, and are usually proper nouns. In this case, Adodun is ada: "year" + odun: "youth, young, new".
As for the celebration itself, i.e. the passing from one year to the next, my informant tells me it's called Imonuj: "the Turning" (simply the verb imonuj: "to turn" nominalised as an action noun), and covers both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Finally, the equivalent to "Happy New Year" is Imonuj |ledan, i.e. "(Have a ) peaceful Turning" (among others. Check again my 25th word for more info on this phrase :) ). Why wishing peace for the celebration only and not for the New Year itself? My informant tells me *Adodun |ledan would sound too presumptuous: you just don't know what's going to happen during 365 days. How can you know all of them will be peaceful? How do you even know people actually want all their year to be peaceful? That said, my informant is an amnesiac foundling whose age was probably still in the single digits when he was found, so take this explanation with a grain of salt ;) .
So there, two words for the price of one, a true New Year's treat :) .Dec 30, 2012
- 31st Khangaþyagon word
It was tempting to try to think up something to do with cycles of time, or renewal, but this word just wanted to mean chestnut.Dec 31, 2012
- gireehettuʔmiiwu (n.) ‘stars’, lit. ‘we look up to them at night’
TsemehkiooniDec 31, 2012
- Thank you to everybody who took part.Jan 1, 2013
- Oops forgot the 31st here:
The final #Lexember Skerre word (at least for this Lexember):
iketsi (n.) 'ending, conclusion, finale'
from ketsi 'finish'Jan 1, 2013
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