Sunday, 7 September 2014

Moten Word for the Day

ibivostu|l /ibivo̞stuʎ/, verb: “to count, to measure”

I kept getting memes about the wrong kind of “count” (and most measuring memes were NSFW ;) ).

This time, we have istu|l added to the noun bivo: “quantity, number”. It means “to count” when referring to discrete items, and “to measure” when referring to continuous ones (which is in line with bivo's main sense of “quantity”). Here again, istu|l is mostly a semantically bleached quasi-suffix here, although the idea that “to count” translates as “to summon a number” is not that far-fetched :).


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