> I have thought quite a lot about a word in gothic meaning art.
> Art in the meaning painted art, sculptures, and even like ice
> or martial art. I don't know if it's necessary to be the same word
> art in the different situations, even though I think it should be
> same, coz art is art no matter if it's about painting or fighting.
> I have some suggestions but they are not that very good at all...
One possibility for "art" is 'lists', i-stem, maybe feminine as in
Old Icelandic. But in Gothic it's only attested in the plural,
meaning "wiles, crafty tricks" (of the devil), and the
adjective 'listeigs' also has the meaning "cunning". For a less
sinister word that would be recognisable to people familiar with the
modern Germanic languages, we could (re)construct *kunsts, fi [
]. OE has 'cræft' "art", ma.,
but the cognate means strenth/power in other branches of Germanic.
frisahts, fi. "image, example"
manleika, man. "image, portrait (e.g. on a coin)"
gadigis, na. "a thing sculpted, e.g. a clay pot"
kasja, man. "potter"
meljands, mc. "writer"
How about: *frisahtjands, mc. "graphic artist". Feminine forms
could be made as jo-stems, as frijondi "(female) friend"; and for
kasja, an on-stem *kasjo. Judging by the indefinite 'hvas' and
adjectives, masculine is the default or unmarked gender for talking
about someone without specifying.
*hugisahte *kunstja, man. "conceptual artist".
*weihakunstja, *drauhtikunstja "martial artist"
> The second thing is that twi- can be used as a meaning of two or
> double, but what about any similar for the meaning of three?
> Like triangle, what could that be like?
Prefixes: *twi- "two"; *þri- "three", fidur- "four". For anarchist
how about *reikisaka, from 'reiki' "state, power", and the
verb 'sakan' which in Gothic covers verbal objection and dispute,
but elsewhere in Germanic includes physical opposition. Cf. OE
andsaca "enemy, opponent".