Sunday, November 17, 2013

Totally TMI Idiom Du Jour

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

Lexember x2

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: 

zereneshvegetable (food)zere + nash, with the e carried over 
ortluasquash, gourd
densound, noise; to make a sound/noise (fa)
neddento chant (ca; religious) nedh + den
vesatorso; (tree) trunk
detishnanotebookdetish (paper) + na  (collective)
defĂ­ncontainer; storage; box
yaiwall (structural, e.g. of a house); separate (fa)
yaivaseparation (n)
dyofiosoutdoorsdyo + fios
pafiosindoorspa + fios
ashanfield, meadow; yard
yai ashanifence, wall (as fence)
yaidefincabinet, cupboard
defar storage room; closet; pantry
And with that, I've passed the 700 word milestone. Defar was word #702. Onward to 800!