Glyph of the word 'lake'.


  • (v.) to be black
  • (adj.) black
  • (adj.) obsidian
  • (n.) obsidian

A Keli ie kanekoi lake oi’i.
“Keli is my little black cat.”


Today is a very special caturday, because it’s Friday the 13th: The unofficial celebration of black cats everywhere that I just invented! :D Little black kitties like Keli, seen below guarding me from the arm of the couch, are well deserving of praise:

Keli on the couch.

Currently Keli is mulling about downstairs, sniffing what there is to be sniffed, and chasing what there is to be chased. Will do my best to ensure that she has a happy Black Kitty Day.

As you can guess by the definitions, the word for “black” derives from the word for “obsidian”. Obsidian’s pretty black, and it’s rather volcano-y, so it seemed like a nice, logical place to derive a word for “black” from.

The iku is a pretty straightforward combination of la and ke. It’s like a spear with a hook on the end of it. A hook for catching salmon… I should give Keli a treat the next time I see her. She’s earned it. :)

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2 Responses to “Lake”

  1. Ka kavaka Sylvia Sotomayor ti:

    DC and Groucho would like you to know that they are partially black, too, and want to be celebrated and praised as well.

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Then let all cats be praised! :D They are all deserving!

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