Thursday, 21 August 2014

Moten Word for the Day

|la /ʎa/, noun: “peace, good health; also as adj. peaceful, healthy”

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find good peace memes on Internet?!

|La seems to be a central concept in Moten culture (a bit like “aloha” in Hawaiian culture, although it seems somewhat less broad). Not only does it refer to good health (for a body) and peace (for a community), but it’s also used in various expressions and greetings. The informal expression |lag: “bye”, for instance, seems to be derived from ko|lea ag: “leave in peace” or “leave in good health”. The expression saj ko|lea, literally “definitely in peace/good health” is used as a polite form of both greeting and parting, and is also the usual expression used to mean “welcome” or “have a nice trip”.

Finally, there’s the expression |ledan, which is basically |la in the singular definite accusative case. It’s only used on its own as a reaction to someone sneezing (equivalent to “bless you” or “gesundheit”). Mostly, it’s used along with terms referring to a specific event as the equivalent of “happy…” or “merry…” in English. For instance, with adamla: “anniversary”, one forms adamla |ledan: “happy birthday, happy anniversary”. With Noel: “Christmas”, one forms Noel |ledan: “Merry Christmas”. And with Imonuj: “New Year celebrations”, one gets Imonuj |ledan: “happy new year”.

And that’s just looking at the surface. |La is used a lot in Moten.


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