ghyamugyen [ʝa.muˈɟɛn], meaning “an easy problem, a piece of cake”. This is literally “one-four” (ghyam “one” + ugyen “four”), with the implication that the problem is as easy as adding… Read more »
samwéron [saˈmˠe.rɔn], the word for “papyrus”. This is from a relative clause verb form, literally “(something) that has become flat”, from the stative verb mwes “to be flat”.
Nyilúpat [ɲəˈɫu.pət], the Kharulian word for the Muipidan language. From Old Muipidan nilo “tongue, language”, plus the Kharulian suffix -pat, used to form names of languages. This redundant derivation seems… Read more »
úshor [ˈu.ʃɔr] “root”, literally “earth branch” (úa “earth” + shor “branch”). Ushor has several metaphorical meanings, including: A river delta, especially the delta of the Lagendeda River that runs through… Read more »
shegyíbyim [ʃeˈɟi.bʲəm], the word for a reed pen. In Old Kharulian this referred to the tools used by early Muipidan scribes to carve characters into clay. As writing technology improved,… Read more »
falyopwíkat [ɸə.lʲoˈpˠi.kət], meaning “river valley”. This is a late loan from Muipidan flophïyk’ïdo, itself a mangled reduplication of flo “green”. When loaning words from Muipidan, the Kharulians would include the… Read more »
ryirok [ɹ̠ʲə.ˈrɔk], the ancient word for a scholar. Kharul had a reputation for producing scholars, which it achieved because of its invention of papyrus and the alphabet, and the resulting… Read more »
Every year, conlangers celebrate December by creating a new word each day and posting it on social media. Last year, I created words for Muipidan; this year, I’ll be fleshing… Read more »