Leve

Glyph of the word 'leve'.

leve

  • (adj.) aching
  • (v.) to ache
  • (n.) a dull ache (somewhere in the body)

A leve neu…
“My back aches…”

Notes: That’s a phrase I find myself uttering more and more these days. It’s probably because I engage in a lot of physical activity and never stretch out my back. I stretch out my arms, my legs—even my wrists and my ankles and my neck—but never my back. (Ha. Even my waist, come to think of it.) It’s an act of defiance. “Take that, back!” I say. “Just try and stop me!” I have a feeling it’s going to win some day.

Today’s iku is a twofer: Its a word starting with l, which I don’t seem to have enough of here (number 10 today), and it’s an ikuleyaka. I really do have a number of those; they just aren’t coming up.

This iku is a modified version of li. That particular glyph was chosen not for its sound (but it’s not bad that it also starts with l), but for its shape. Combined with the “bad” line determinative, it’s supposed to connote a hurt arm.

Connote… Something doesn’t sound right about that. Now it’s looking really strange to me, like Truman Capote. I suppose a forged note could also be a connote of some kind or another. I can imagine a fancy cruise ship from the 1960s being called the Connote—perhaps leading to a television series called The Love Connote.

You know, I used to watch The Love Boat. I was in kindergarten at the time. I had no idea what was going on. It was one of many, many adult shows I watched in kindergarten whose plots I couldn’t follow. I remember the theme song very well, though.

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3 Responses to “Leve”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    one of the first bits of conlang lessons I ever picked up (at least, that I remember), was “don’t try giving the same number of words to each letter – some parts of the dictionary are thinner than others”. or words to that effect.

    also, doesn’t backaches mean you get massages from your S.O.?
    just a thought.

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    one of the first bits of conlang lessons I ever picked up (at least, that I remember), was “don’t try giving the same number of words to each letter – some parts of the dictionary are thinner than others”

    But that, of course, has nothing to do with the words that are posted here. It would be very surprising if the letter frequencies for the initial phonemes of words of the day matched up with the actual distribution of phones that begin words. If it did, there’d probably be a lot more words in the i category than there are here.

    also, doesn’t backaches mean you get massages from your S.O.?

    No sir! It does mean that I give more back massages, though.

  3. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    >>also, doesn’t backaches mean you get massages from your S.O.?
    >No sir! It does mean that I give more back massages, though.
    I confess my confusion, sir. If you have pain in your back, that volunteers you to relieve her backaches? (I can see a measure of logic there – “tend to she before me”)

    I’ll shut up.

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