How at Bakkum,at the Dutch coast, a Nahuatl-word resounded...
3 girls, about age 12, with a dip- net near a pool in the dunes, catching amphibian lifeforms.
One of them shouts at her father:
"Hey Dad! Look here a... whatyoucallitagain.. axolotl or something.!!"
She points at the baby watersalamander in the bucket.
The axolotl is a kind of salamander that lives in Mexico and the US.
Being mature, it still looks like a baby-salamander....(so it doesn't undergo the normal salamander-metamorphosis, but then again : apparently normal isn't so normal)
from: atl (-water) and xolotl (-servant), servant of the water..
vrijdag 25 mei 2012
donderdag 24 mei 2012
I don't care much (in fact: not at all) about the Eurovisionsongfestival, but it generates some nice onomatopoeias !
! ding-a-dongcomplex -ding-a-dong being the name of the Dutch entry of the Eurovision- SongFestival of 1975, the last one to win (hence:complex)
Translation of the comment below:"And dong is a nice Frisian word for muckwater, liquid shit"
MINORITY LANGUAGE IN THE NEWSPAPER : JOUAL
A nice English loanword in Joual : enfirouaper ( = cheat, from: in fur wrap,sometimes the furtraders cheated by wrapping cardboard in their furbales)
( "Jack Kerouac was raised speaking Joual until age 6")
Joual is the name of a dialect (some call it 'slang',some call it 'sociolect'- alanguage spoken by a certain social class or group) of Canadian French in Quebec.
It's name is derived from how the Frech 'cheval' is pronounced.
zondag 20 mei 2012
Today a nice rainy sunday, a nice day to read in a lexicon, initiated by reading this :
So, I will share with you, sitting at my desk, with a view at the freshgreen robiniatrees in my street,listening to a compilation of worldmusic ('chinnchinn"!), some old Romanian words I stumbled upon... :
BUBURUZ -tiny ball, pimple, ladybird
CAPRAREATA -place where the sheep rest
CÎRLIGATURA -the place where the road turns
CNEZ -free farmer (may there have been many of them!)
FARAON -tzigane (hungarian gypsy,this words root:egypt,anyway: roma,sinti)
GANGUR -golden oriole
GRAMATIC -scribe (from greek: gramma,lettersign)
IEZERCAN -body of water smaller and less deep than a pool
JDER -skin of a martyr
MITITEL -very smallMOHORÎT - sombre,sad
PIERSIC -peach-tree (latin: persicum,greek: persikos)
POSTELNICEASA -wife of a postelnic
SPERLA -warm ashes
TAINITA -secret place
TIPSIE -tray to carry plates
TRANDAFIR -rose (greek : triandafylla = 30 leaves)
VÎRF - top (of a mountain)
VULTUREL -small vulture
ZADAR - in vain
ZUGRAV - decoration painter, painter of icons (greek: zografos =painter)
ZMEURET -place covered with raspberries
zaterdag 19 mei 2012
onomatopoeia of the day :
FUUT [ füüt] This also being the Dutch name for one the most beautifull birds of the universe.Most of the time this bird utters a quite hoarse call ('kreq'' comes to mind) but during mating time (see pictures below), also whistling tones. The great crested grebe ( the english thesaurii don't reveal where this namecomes from, maybe from the hoarse call? )is called in different regions of the Netherlands:
grote aalduiker - great eeldiver (they are great divers,leaving a trace of small bubbles,that, raising to the waterlevel burst and share their greatcrestedgrebelungscontent with the athmosphere),
loem-connected with 'loon',
hjerringslynder (frisian) -herringswallower.
woensdag 16 mei 2012
maandag 7 mei 2012
Hm.......actually,is boo an onomatopoeia? As the sound of a bovine animal, ofcause,
but as a (super)human sound?
Yes, i guess it's more than likely that the frightening boo originated in the neolithicum,when
people as a joke unexpectedly made the sound of an aurochs behind eachothers back.