Posts Tagged ‘basic’

Pe’a

• Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'pe'a'.

pe’a

  • (v.) to clothe
  • (adj.) clothed
  • (n.) top, shirt

Ea. A pe’a ei ie palaki oi’i.
“Yes. I clothe my dog.”

Notes: And why not? Dog clothes are adorable!

I had a really hard time keeping up with the blog this week, as I was filming for a program on CNN called The Next List. Was super, hyper, global, mega busy. Just trying my best to catch up now; not doing too well. (Also very busy with other stuff.)

Today’s word is used for the shirt tops introduced by Zhyler speakers. It was the old word for “clothing”, but pe’aka is the preferred term now. It does show the torso, as it was used in the olden days to refer to any kind of covering (usually worn to keep from getting wet, if one wanted to keep dry for some reason).


Fate

• Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'fate'.

fate

  • (n.) hole, gap
  • (v.) to put a hole in (something), to punch a hole
  • (adj.) full of holes
  • (n.) window

Ka lalau nea i amo poiu fate.
“She threw it out the window.”

Notes: Today’s iku featured in a word from a while back. If you go back and take a look at that entry, the etymology of the word should now be clear.

Fate’s glyph is a pretty simple ikunoala built off of te with a little fa on the inside.


Loi

• Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'loi'. or Alternate glyph of the word 'to'.

loi

  • (n.) square
  • (adj.) square
  • (v.) to be square

Loi lipo.
“The box is square.”

Notes: Ha, ha! You can say a box is “square” as opposed to “rectangular”; you don’t need to say “cubical”. ;) (Referring to an old debate.)

Loi is one of those words that can be spelled in different ways depending on who’s doing it. The first iku is a combination of lo and oi. The second is simply a square with the “identity” determinative beneath it. The iku does enjoy use elsewhere, but it’s pretty clear when it means “square” and when it means “to quadruple”, I think.


Foe

• Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Glyph of the word 'foe'.

foe

  • (adj.) next (to), adjacent
  • (v.) to be next to
  • (prep.) next to
  • (n.) the area next to

He foe ei i ia!
“Let me get next to you!”

Notes: Well, actually that’d properly be foemu, but I’ve committed to using the word as it is in the entry title, so I fudged. This is a shortening of the line from the famous Itchy & Scratchy episode “Itchy & Scratchy Meet Fritz the Cat”. Heh, heh…

So I never do this anymore (or try not to, anyway), but I saw the iku for foe and absolutely had to change it. See, foe is a simple ikunoala—a combination of fo and oe—and the latter is built off of the iku for ta, just like the iku for me is. We saw a combination of fo and me just the other day, so by all rights, this iku should look just the same, the only difference being the line. Instead, the iku looked like this:

Now, it’s fine if that’s just how one happens to draw the iku one time. But a regularized font is supposed to present certain shapes in the same style so you can recognize that it’s a unified font—otherwise what you end up with is a ransom note. Given the combinations present in foe and fome, there’s absolutely no reason the basic shapes (specifically the tails at the bottom) should look so different. So I had to redo it.

And so you get the image at the top. Takes about the same amount of time to edit one character in the font as it does twenty, so it feels like a waste of time, but, darn it, it was worth it! I can sleep easy tonight.


Fome

• Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Glyph of the word 'fome'.

fome

  • (adj.) short
  • (v.) to be short
  • (n.) short person

Fome ei lona!
“I’m too short!”

Notes: But, in truth, I’ve come to accept the height I am. After all, it’s not that bad.

Today’s iku is a combination of fo and me. That’s why the fo shape has that little line above it: it’s the line from me.


Fape

• Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'fape'.

fape

  • (adj.) smooth
  • (n.) smoothness
  • (v.) to be smooth

Ale fape ia ima!
“Because you’re so smooth!”

Notes: Heh, heh. From that Santana song that came out a few years back. Of course, the Kamakawi word implies “smooth to the touch”, not “smooth” as in “smooth operator”.

To me it’s clear that there should be different words for this and for gentle (yesterday’s word). There’s also a third idea that I think also deserves its own word, and it’s something like “sleek”. What it means is both smooth and wet. My ideal for this concept is a dolphin’s skin (in the water). Provided it doesn’t make that awful rubbery sound like a balloon, a dolphin’s skin (while wet) is the ideal surface, and it’d be nice if everything in the world was like that. As it is, we have to deal with all these horrible rough surfaces. Just…awful…


Fene

• Monday, February 27th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'fene'.

fene

  • (adj.) brief
  • (n.) brevity
  • (v.) to be brief

A fene hala’i.
“Life is short.”

Notes: Brevity seems like a concept central to human experience, as it defines just about everything we can experience. For that reason I decided to make it a basic term in Kamakawi. It might seem a little bizarre to have it be a central concept (specifically brevity as it relates to time), but that’s why this is an artlang.


Fupu

• Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'fupu'.

fupu

  • (n.) spider

A ile ei iu fupu.
“I hate spiders.”

Notes: Bleh. I do. I hate them. I hate them and I fear them—and they disgust me! It’s pretty much the worst thing in the world, me and spiders. I gave them what I thought was the stupidest-sounding word in the world (fupu) in order to try to sap their strength. It didn’t work. They still have the power to utterly destroy me.

It’s too bad the iku actually ended up looking pretty all right… I mean it’s not bad.

Blech. Oh well. Lousy spiders…


Fili

• Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Glyph of the word 'fili'.

fili

  • (v.) to put down, to let go of, to release, to let drop, to drop
  • (adj.) dropped
  • (adj.) dropping

Fili ia i ipe!
“Put that down!”

Notes: Today’s iku may look familiar. In fact, it’s a smallified (totally dig that word I just coinified) version of…wow. WOW. I seriously haven’t done kau yet?! And here I thought I was running out of iku

Well, take my word for it: The top part is a miniature version of kau, which means “down” or “downwards”. It has the familiar “ground” determinative beneath it to give the sense that something is moving towards the ground. And there you have the iku for fili. :) Up next some time: the iku for kau


Ulo

• Monday, February 20th, 2012

Glyph of the word 'ulo'.

ulo

  • (v.) to be tan
  • (adj.) tan
  • (n.) tan person
  • (n.) islander

Oku lea i ulo.
“He’s not tan.”

Notes: So today’s word doesn’t quite mean “tan” is it’s used in English. Basically this is the word that means “skin color”, as the default Kamakawi skin color is what someone living in the mountains would consider tan. So perhaps a better translation of this would be “flesh-colored”. I’m not sure that would give the right impression, though.

Looking at today’s iku, you might think it was an ikunoala, and that the word is actually pronounced hulo. That’s not, in fact, the case (though ulo is sometimes pronounced hulo on account of the spelling). Actually, here the iku for hu is used for two reasons. First, it’s used because the vowel is the same as the first syllable of the word (so does give some clue as to how the word is pronounced), but most importantly, it’s being used as a face. Then the iku for lo is dropped in there for phonological reasons, and to kind of look like coloring on the face. The idea is to show that this is the color that one’s face is (since one’s face is usually the tannest part on one’s body).

In modern times (in the fictional world where Kamakawi is spoken), ulo is used to refer to someone who lives on the islands. It kind of means “native” or “local” (in the colloquial sense).


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