Posts Tagged ‘time’


• Monday, February 27th, 2012

Glyph of the word '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.


• Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Glyph of the word 'utulini'.


Ka ale utulini ko. Ka ale ieyalele hema.
“September is here. Summer’s almost gone.”

Notes: And that never fails to make me sad. :( I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I’d rather be too hot than too cold. (Well, not too too hot, I guess. Wouldn’t want to be on fire.)

Hey, today is a special day. With today’s post, I’ve posted all of the Kamakawi month names borrowed from Zhyler. Hooray! :D Come October 1st, if you want to know what the name of the month is, you can go back one year and check out the entry from last October 1st. (Oh, no, wait, that’s not right… Looks like I did the word for “October” on October 4th, for some reason. Oops!)

Anyway, today’s word comes from the Zhyler word Ÿslin (or, in the orthography, hsliN). That word also happens to be the Zhyler name for their letter ÿ, or h. Beyond that, its etymology remains a mystery.

Hey, if you’re a conlanger and have a minute, check out the new Fiat Lingua: a place for conlangers to put up journal-style articles, or even non-journal-style articles about conlanging, their conlangs, or what have you. We’re starting out small and slow, so if you’re interested in putting something up, shoot me an e-mail.


• Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'ioine'.


  • (n.) wedding

Ka puke ioine.
“The wedding has concluded.”

Notes: And happily. I don’t know if I’ve been to a better wedding outside my own. Check this shot out:

Dave and Adrienne's first dance.

I could probably say more about Kamakawi weddings here, but I feel a bit drained, so I’ll have to save it for later.


• Monday, August 15th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'uomoko'.


  • (n.) night, nighttime
  • (v.) for night to fall
  • (adj.) nighttime, night
  • (adv.) tonight

A fuila ei i Leno uomoko!
“I fly to Reno tonight!”

Notes: Which means I’ll be leaving Keli for five days. :cry: Far more than anything else, I’ll miss my kitty. She’ll be in good hands, though.

As will I, I think. I’m heading up to Renovation, a.k.a the World Science Fiction Convention. It’s the largest such convention, I hear, and I’ll be participating in several panels (schedule here). I hear they’re having some “kick the can” ice cream. Anything that ends in “ice cream” is something I’m excited about (unless the preceding words are “total lack of”, or something similar).

If I were a good little duck, I’d have a whole series of Kamakawi Word of the Day posts scheduled for while I’m gone. But…I don’t. We’ll see how well I do up there… I will have a lot of time to spend alone sitting at a table with WiFi, though (I think?), so it should be good. (WiFi better be stellar, in fact; none of that Palm Springs nonsense.)

Either way, you can always catch me tweeting away on Twitter. Probably Dothraki stuff mostly, but I’ll see if I can drop a K-bomb here and there. ;)


• Monday, August 1st, 2011

Glyph of the word 'tietu'í'.


Tietu’í i kavakava.
“August is a hot one.”

Notes: And let me tell you, it’s doing a fine job of it right now. A couple more years like this and we’ll all be living underground.

Today’s word, as a month word, comes from Zhyler. The word in Zhyler is Žezuğü (in the orthography, .ezu©X). It’s barely recognizable in Kamakawi.

This month will be a busy one. I’m taking part in four panels at WorldCon, and then serving as the best man at a friend’s wedding. Plus a bunch of other stuff. I’ll be sure to mention things here as they become relevant.


• Friday, July 1st, 2011

Glyph of the word 'fayele'.


Fayele! Fayele! Fayeeeeeeeele!
“July! July! Julaaayeeeeay!”


Now, I’m not saying there are going to be videos every week, but I just happened to take a good one yesterday.

Allow me to preface this video. See, every so often, Keli gets a wildness in her. And when this happens, she feels…compelled to tear around and attack things which aren’t there. And last night, she had quite a wildness in her. I didn’t get the best of it on video, but I got part of it:

The best part by far was when she was racing around that chair in circles, darting in and out and meowing up a storm as if there was some sort of entity in there, and she had to attack it!

Today’s word comes, of course, from Zhyler, as is the case with all the other month words. The word in Zhyler is Vayer (in the orthography, vayeR). It’s related to the word for “three”, which is vay (vay), because Vayer is the third month on the Zhüxÿy calendar.

July is probably one of my favorite months. It’s nice and hot. Can’t get enough of these. :)

(Oh, duh. The quote comes from the Decemberists’ song “July, July!”. An oldie, but a goodie!)


• Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Glyph of the word 'tieyu'í'.


A koiu tieyu’í…
“June is here…”

Notes: And you know what that means.

That’s right: It’s the premiere of the second half of the second season of Men of a Certain Age! Yes, the little show that won’t quit is at it again, and my friends and I are going to have a party of a certain age (involving some Tri Tip Stimulus of a certain age) to celebrate (pictures of a certain age forthcoming).

Today’s word of a certain age comes to us from Zhyler, à la the other borrowed month names in Kamakawi. The original word is Šeyuğü (in the orthography, ,eyu©X). Crossing my fingers for little to no June Gloom this year. Let the sun shine!

…of a certain age.


• Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Glyph of the word 'alanete'.


A eteke alaneté ti tieyalele!
“May means summer!”

Notes: HOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! :D May is here, and it’s time for summer! :D

Unlike last summer, this summer I will make sure to get to the beach frequently. I will take advantage of the fact that I live in the second best summering hole in the world.

This also marks the two week countdown to the Fourth Language Creation Conference! If you’re going to be anywhere near the Netherlands on May 14th (or have the ability to get yourself nearby), come give me a visit! It’ll be well worth the time and expense.

Game of Thrones tonight. More Dothraki in tonight’s episode than the previous two combined. Looking forward to it!

Oh, the Zhyler word is Alneðe (in the orthography, alnefE). It means (roughly) “The First Month”, since that’s the first month of the Zhyler calendar.


• Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'kiko'.


  • (n./adv.) today

He iveyo kiko!
“The game begins today!”

Notes: Or for me, at least. I’m going to brave the wilds of LA traffic during rush hour to attend a screening of the first episode of Game of Thrones. This one, I guess, is for people that worked on the show and their families. Should be fun! I’ll try to remember to take pictures this time (since I always forget to take pictures wherever I go), and if they’re any good, I’ll post them here.

You know, I was just thinking. It’s pretty wild that Kamakawi has only five vowels with no length distinction. I guess that’s what languages like Spanish have, but they also have a bunch of consonants. And while there are natlangs with smaller inventories than Kamakawi’s, it’s still pretty small. So it goes.


• Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Glyph of the word 'ietu'i'.


Ka ale ietu’í ko!
“April has arrived!”

Notes: April’s going to be a big month: NCAA championship, start of baseball, NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs, NBA Draft Lottery, NFL “draft” (we’ll see what happens there)…

Oh, and some show is debuting. That’ll be nice.

Today’s word comes from the Zhyler word Yeswÿğü (orthographically, yeswh©X). The name of the month comes from the word for “rain”, yeswi, or yeswi. How the vowel changed over the course of time is a mystery to me. (Really is. I think it may have been a mistake, but I’m sticking with it. Stranger things have happened… [After all, it’s kitap in Turkish, not kitep.])

On the Kamakawi islands, rain is nothing that could be associated with such a short span of time. There’s a rainy season (in which it rains a lot), and a dry season (in which it rains a little).

You know, when I went to Jamaica, it was like this. It rained everyday between, say, 3 and 4 p.m. It was awesome. I loved it.

Hey, Butler advanced to the National Championship Game… How about that. One of the people playing our tournament challenge game called Butler in the final. Kudos to her!