Friday, December 30, 2011

Tiger, in my words + tigers

tigir : tiger

The Illunse word for tiger is tigir. Tigir is a rare last name. In Old High German tigir means tiger. In Old Norse tigir means tens, as in 100 is tíu tigir or ten tens. Tigir is the name of a place in Pakistan.

This word is a mixture of the Latin word for tiger which is tigris, and the Old English word for tiger which is tiger (same as modern English).

tigiras : tigers

The Illunse word for tigers (nominative plural) is tigiras. Tigiras is a computer user name.

Tigers in Latin is tigris or tigridis. Tigers in Old English is tigras.

So "lions and tigers and bears!" (oh my!), a memorable line from The Wizard of Oz, in Illunse is "leonas ed tigiras ed bursan".

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