(yahvah or anyone else: can you help me out with the Aramaic letters?
I also need the Arabic letters for last month's word.)
ETA, 11:15 CDT Tue 19 Apr 2005:
There is some etymological controversy over the Koine Greek translation πετρος (petros, masculine), in Christian tradition the name Jesus gave to the apostle Simon Peter. In Matthew 16:18, the translation "I tell you that you are Πετρος and on this πετρα I will build my church" implies some distinction.
Some exigeses such as this one (a Roman Catholic apologist site, whose etymological soundness I have not confirmed) equate the first use (Petros, masculine), with kevna, "pebble", "little rock", which was not actually used in the Aramaic. The cultural significance of this distinction is that the masculine proper noun (Πετρος) alone was appropriate as a nickname for Shimon Bar-Yona, whereas there is some theological debate as to whether Jesus was referring to Peter or himself with the second "rock". That in Aramaic it was ܟܐܦܐ (kepa/kephas) in both cases seems to clear it up.
Previous months' cool words:
March, 2005: mashin (Farsi, noun) - automobile
February, 2005: perkele (Finnish, noun) - devil (also an expletive)
January, 2005: kinu (Japanese, noun) - silk
December, 2004: krung (Thai, noun) - city, cf. krung thep (city of angels, old name of Bangkok)
November, 2004: tane (Archnin, noun) - blood (see tanelos)
October, 2004: izulu (Zulu, noun) - interplanetary space
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")
massforge design has commenced.
zengeneral, Travis, and I worked out a rough class diagram today that I'll be posting in massforge.
I've extended invitations to all four of the initial animators, and of them, the three art students are all already on board.