Did you know? Dictionary edition

A bit of a step away from my usual “Did you know”, but I don’t think any of you will mind. I used a lot of unfamiliar terms in my Unbirthday posts, so I thought I’d take this did you know to explain some of them.

reija– “mastery”

Primarily, it’s used to refer to serpent rulers. It references their duty as keepers of serpent culture/history, including their laws, but also including their myths and legends. So, reija can also be used to mean storyteller, so you can see where Tiaro was making fun of me.

reiyei is just a diminutive form of reija. Basically, it means Prince. A lot of the time you run into “y” or “yp”, it’s just a diminutive.

leh and loh– “People of”

All this means is people of, though leh is usually used to indicate surname, while loh is more for religious use (hence loh-Li’Daea– basically, Li’Daea’s chosen). These words are classic pri’mn compound words. L is used to indicate plural. H is what I’ve taken to calling “the Honorable H”, and all it does is add gravitas to the word. You see it a lot in words with common meanings and deity associations, like kan vs khan (Earth, dirt and the element respectively). The E and O are a bit harder to explain, but basically they’re used as moods. E is more formal and O is more a relaxed, familiar mood, like used with family or loved ones.

ks’Tiaro– “Fate be at Peace”

Another compound word, a mash up of “Fate” and “white”. Technically used here as a name, but can also be used to reference moonbeams, or threads. Serpent naming tradition dictates that a child’s middle name is sort of a blessing, so we go with a more poetic translation for the youngest Illia’s name.

x’esse– “is not”

By now, I’m sure you’ve figured out that most of pri’mn is just stringing various words together to make new words (polysynthetic, I think it’s called). The x’ is used as a negator, while esse is a conjugation of “to be”, more or less. The verb es is kinda like “to be/to do/to go”, or just “action” in general, so the fox is using it a little ironically here, referencing Orait’s lack of action, and how it might make everything that is, undone.

I suppose I should wrap this up with pri’mn itself. Pri, prim, primel and the like means “first” and mn loosely means “music”. So pri’mn, the name of this language, means “first song”.

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