I am female and sometimes I need to talk about the biological things that come along with that for most of us female folk. I recently came up with a Nevashi phrase for menstruation: to have high tide. This uses "ca" (bodily functions and speech) with "def" (to have, hold, contain, etc)-- a fairly rare combination.
Ci def im ececian. She has high tide. (Insert your favorite euphemism for menstruation here.)
You can blame Alabama for this, by the way. A Crimson Tide bumper sticker on the car ahead of me at a stoplight started this train of thought.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Since there are two -ember months in a row, I've decided to do back-to-back Lexembers, or 61 days of word creation. Today is day five, but Nevashi has gained more than five words so far. Here's the list:
|zerenesh||vegetable (food)||zere + nash, with the e carried over|
|den||sound, noise; to make a sound/noise (fa)|
|nedden||to chant (ca; religious)||nedh + den|
|vesa||torso; (tree) trunk|
|detishna||notebook||detish (paper) + na (collective)|
|defín||container; storage; box|
|yai||wall (structural, e.g. of a house); separate (fa)|
|dyofios||outdoors||dyo + fios|
|pafios||indoors||pa + fios|
|ashan||field, meadow; yard|
|yai ashani||fence, wall (as fence)|
|defar||storage room; closet; pantry|
And with that, I've passed the 700 word milestone. Defar was word #702. Onward to 800!