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Cool Word of The Month: October, 2004

October, 2004: izulu (Zulu, noun) - interplanetary space

Here's an interesting reference, whence comes the definition:
Let me bring you to my people, the Zulu people of South Africa. The Zulu people, who are famous as a warrior people, the people to whom King Shaka Zulu, of the last century, belonged. When you ask a South African White anthropologist what the name of Zulu means, he will say it means "the sky" (laughter), and therefore the Zulu call themselves "people of the sky". That, sir, is non-sense. In the Zulu language, our name for the sky, the blue sky, is sibakabaka. Our name for inter-planetary space, however, is izulu and the weduzulu, which means "inter-planetary space, the dark sky that you see with stars in it every night", also has to do with traveling, sir. The Zulu word for traveling at random, like a nomad or a gypsy, is izula.
    -Zulu "Sanusi" (Shaman) Credo Mutwa

Previous months' cool words:
September, 2004: phensem (Tibetan, noun) - an beneficent attitude towards others
August, 2004: si2 pu3 (Chinese, noun) - recipe (literally, "meal score")
July, 2004: entspannung (German, noun) - relaxation
June, 2004: anapauesthai (Koine Greek, verb) - to stand still
May, 2004: tvære (Norwegian, verb) - to stretch, especially a conversation or a farewell (definition provided by tamf)
April, 2004: ber-engro (Romany, noun) - lit. "ship's master", a mariner
March, 2004: calad (Sindarin, noun, "light")
February, 2004: su (Chinese, adjective/noun) - 1. flaky; 2. a baked good with a crisp or flaky consistency, such as a cookie
January, 2004: pizdarija (Croatian, noun; vulgar) - something messed-up, feeble, or ridiculous (definition provided by jereeza)
December, 2003: basherte (Hebrew, noun) - "apportioned one" (implication of predestined/ordained mate; courtesy of yahvah)
November, 2003: panmictic (English, adjective, "exhibiting random mating within a breeding population")
October, 2003: kreteno (Esperanto, slang noun, "idiot")
September, 2003: kawai (Japanese, adjective, "cute")
August, 2003: ser (Spanish, intransitive verb, "to be")
July, 2003: cordillera (Spanish, noun, "principal mountain system of a continent")
June, 2003: kallüsáráyam (Tamil, noun, "illicit liquor")
May, 2003: hoh (Singlish, particle, "connective expression of expected agreement")
April, 2003: tmesis (English, noun, "separation of the parts of a compound word for humorous effect")
March, 2003: nerazreshimost (Russian, noun, "undecidability")

Edit: Last seen with mirabehn and dakotamidnight.

October 12, 1998

Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
The impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
Then listen close to me ...
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.

~ Shel Silverstein

Six years ago today, Matthew Shepard was murdered for being homosexual.

What will you do to end the silence?

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Oct. 14th, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
Fun Languij Tidbits
isiZulu is an agglutinative language (like Klingon or Finnish), and has 17 noun classes ("genders"). That's pretty cool about the name, though; I didn't know that.
Oct. 14th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
isiZulu is an agglutinative language (like Klingon or Finnish), and has 17 noun classes ("genders").
Love that stuff.
Ever read C. S. Friedman's In Conquest Born?
I got a free review copy from DAW c. 1986 (hrm, I think I owe them a review! ehh, well, it'll only be 18 years late...) and I just love the Braxin languages, which has 42 modes.

(Here's a spoiler FAQ I just found, if you've read it.)

That's pretty cool about the name, though; I didn't know that.
Thank you - me neither! Truth, I was looking up some of the words from The Lion King</a>, but this just seemed more interesting.

Oct. 14th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
which words?
I know three of them...

simba - lion
rafiki - friend
pumbaa - foolish

(courtesy of a friend who was in the Peace Corps in Kenya, and who owns the soon-to-be-defunct website at http://www.allthingskenyan.com/ )
Oct. 14th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: which words?
tsavo - place of slaughter

Ghost and Darkness, a slightly different lion-movie *nirg*
Oct. 14th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds scawy.

Oct. 15th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)
Re: Eeep
Not only scary, but Michael Douglas too!!
Oct. 15th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
Falling down in the Perfect Murder Game

Oct. 15th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
Re: Falling down in the Perfect Murder Game
And not only Michael Douglas but val Kilmer too!!!
Oct. 15th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
Batman vs. Willow
(Wlokay, Madmartigan. He's the greatest swordsman that ever lived, man!)

Oct. 15th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
Not only that...
But he's JOHN HOLMES as well!! *nirg*
Oct. 15th, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Not only that...
"I wouldn't open mail from Morgil when your computer is [projecting an image] up like that." -istari_ala

Oct. 15th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Not only that...
/me looks innocent

I will make you this generation's...

Oct. 15th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
And Milton Berle
... has a...?

Oct. 16th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
... has a...?
Image worth of projecting...
Oct. 14th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala
simba - lion
rafiki - friend
pumbaa - foolish

Hi, Denise! The above are all Swahili words. Additionally, the following characters have Swahili names:

  • Sarabi - "mirage" (Simba's mother)

  • Kovu - "scar" (Scar's younger son in The Lion King II)

  • Nuka - "stink" (Scar's elder son in The Lion King II)

  • Shenzi - "savage" (the female hyena pack leader in the original TLK)

The first verse of "Circle of Life" (opening theme of The Lion King) has several Zulu phrases, including "Ingonyama nengw' enamabala" (here is a lion and a tiger).

Ingonyama == lion

If you've ever heard me wibble "Eldayama nengw' Pherianna" - it's a little conceit on QuenyaZulu. Yeah, sometimes my humor's a little subtle. ;-)

(courtesy of a friend who was in the Peace Corps in Kenya, and who owns the soon-to-be-defunct website at http://www.allthingskenyan.com/ )
I've seen that site! What's happening to it?

Oct. 15th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: Ingonyama nengw' enamabala
Well, from the ATK homepage:
"This website will no longer exist after October 31, 2004. I no longer have the funds to keep it on the internet. A good portion of the articles found here will be moved to AfricanCulture.BellaOnline.com. There is also a newsletter and forum there. Feel free to sign up for the newsletter and post in the forum."
Oct. 14th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Braxin
Ah, no, I haven't; I should check that out!
after I finish Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Quicksilver (;
Oct. 14th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
I do recommend it highly - it's even better than the Coldfire Trilogy (Black Sun Rising, When True Night Falls, Crown of Shadows).

Stephenson, ahh... I am so jealous of baranoouji for meeting him!

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