Re: 2 Asirkan proverbs:
- Still working on these...
In conjunction with one of these proverbs, I think I've discovered my favoritest Avantimannish
phrase thus far:
bôôuumdomfulle drangelez, which means a horrifically doomful and wicked sound that strikes fear
into your heart. If there were ever onomotopoeia in the language, then the word "bôôuums", evil, is
it. You've got that nice sinister tympani strike thing going on here, with its jarring initial stop followed by
an overlong diphthong (please take no fewer than two or three full seconds on that one, especially when
reciting a story or chanting a poem), flowing into a nice resonant (and rather extensible) nasal.
> He who talks much says little.
> much talking one says a bit
> ƶï-ȝêĸ-ant-us. kââm-om têê-ant-us:
> aug-talk-pres.part.-NOM.sg. bit-ACC.sg. say-pres.part.-NOM .sg
> There are no tigers in Sefdaania, but the following approximates the saying.
> The bear referred to is the cave bear, †Ursus spelaeus.
> He who lives in the forest must feed the tiger.
> one entering a cave feeds the bear
> gûûp-om îîr-ant-us vêr-em pââ-a:
> cave-ACC.sg.-enter-pres.part.-NOM.sg bear-ACC.sg. feed-IND.
> ----- Original Message -----
>> Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:12:24 -0600
>> From: scotthlad@...
>> Subject: 2 Asirkan proverbs:
>> To: CONLANG@...
>> Ńette syśetory laloutcia ailet.
>> Little.adverb announce.verb.perfective say.participle.imperfective
>> Translation: He who talks much says little.
> This pretty much explains itself.
>> Het gamgoram ohat euliekicom sośutucia or vamysdi.
>> [the cougar must].accusative [must feed].verb [(the one who)
>> lives].participle [in].preposition [(the) forest].noun
>> Translation: He who lives in the forest must feed the cougar.
> This is a nice turn of phrase, but what nugget of wisdom is it encapsulating for
> your confolk? Paying the piper? What goes around comes around? Glass houses?
> Preparing for a rainy day? Making hay while the sun shines? Be
> deferential/sensitive/aware of where you're at? One bad apple? Thick as
> thieves? To meet your prince, you gotta kiss a few toads? Possible misfortune
> lurks behind every corner? Love me, love my dog? Be careful what you wish for?
> Pay Caesar what is due Caesar?
> I feel like I should be nodding very knowingly in assent to an eternal truth,
> but which truth is it?