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Snewsyea Ftxozä Hälowinä—A Spooky Halloween
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:00:00 pm »
Snewsyea Ftxozä Hälowinä—A Spooky Halloween

With a few more hours of Halloween left here in California, let me wish those of you who celebrate the holiday a fun and spooky experience:

Ayngari ftxozä Hälowinä livu ’o’ sì snewsye txantxewvay.
‘May your Halloween be as fun and spooky as possible.’

This requires some explanation.


snewsye (adj., SNEW.sye) ‘weird, spooky’

This compound derives from:

snew (vtr.) ‘constrict, tighten’ + syeha ‘breath’

Ke tsun fko torukit tspivang fa fwa pewnti snew.
‘You can’t kill a great leonopteryx by constricting its throat.’
(Proverbial expression for a method that will not work.)

Oeri lu fìtseng snewsye nìhawng. Hivum ko.
‘This place is too spooky for me. Let’s get out of here.’

And two useful pairs of nouns and adverbs:

txantxew (n., txan.TXEW) ‘maximum’

hìmtxew (n., hìm.TXEW) ‘minimum’

txantxewvay (adv., txan.TXEW.vay) ‘maximally’

hìmtxewvay (adv., hìm.TXEW.vay) ‘minimally’

If you recall the word txew meaning ‘edge, brink, limit, border, end,’ you’ll get a sense of how these words were derived.

Importantly, txantxewvay is used in expressions equivalent to English ‘as (adj., adv.) as possible’:

Tìran nìfnu txantxewvay fteke ayyerik awngati stivawm.
‘Walk as quietly as possible so the hexapedes won’t hear us.’

Hayalovay, ma frapo.

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Snewsyea Ftxozä Hälowinä—A Spooky Halloween
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012, 01:45:55 am »
Oe lu skxawng skxakep. Slä oe nerume mi.
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Re: Snewsyea Ftxozä Hälowinä—A Spooky Halloween
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012, 06:47:58 am »
OP updated.

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Re: Snewsyea Ftxozä Hälowinä—A Spooky Halloween
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012, 07:18:09 am »
Now we have what, wich can solve "X as possible" constructions. :)

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