Láadan Vocabulary Update – 2003

Updated: June 2003

In the years since A First Dictionary and Grammar of Láadan: Second Edition was published by SF3, many new words have been added to the vocabulary. Because there are no plans for a third edition, they are listed below; that will let those of you who have the book bring it up to date as far as possible. (That is, there may be many more new words that I know nothing about or that I have not been asked to add.)

The items on the list are (a) words that have been sent to me to be added, followed by the initials or name of the person who should be credited for them, or (b) words I’ve constructed because someone requested them, or (c) words that I constructed because I needed them for something I was working on.

The key to the initials: (SH) Sharla Hardy; (AH) Anne Hatzakis; (CF) Carole Fontaine; (JP) Julia Penelope [or Dr. Penelope and her students working together]; (TB) Tina Black; (DK) De Kanel; (EB) Elizabeth Baronowsky; and (MLM) M. Lynne Murphy. Items that appear without a credit are mine.

Because some of your browsers won’t support the characters for the vowels with tone markers over them, words having such vowels are repeated in a separate column with the high-toned vowel written as a capital letter.

Any errors below are my responsibility; I apologize for them in advance.

— Suzette Haden Elgin

 

A

absence mar (SH)
to abort, have an abortion wírabanenath (CF) wIrabanenath
accountant lamithá lamithA
acoustics (the science) ezho
aeronautics ezhazh
agar (a seaweed) analel (SH)
alcoholic ranahalh
algae lelith (SH)
alone and glad of it elasholan
alone at last, after tiresome people doólelasholan doOlelasholan
alone in a crowd of people sholalan
alone “in the bosom of your family” búsholan
alone with grief óosholan Oosholan
alone with terror héeyasholan hEeyasholan
also íi Ii
altar obeham (SH)
anarchy ralod
anatomy (the science) ehoba
animal husbandry ewomil
anthropology ewith
arc thamewud (SH)
to “art,” to make art alehala
assistant, helper dená denA
astronomy ehash
attacker, aggressor rashonelha
attention hil

B

baker ebalá ebalA
banker loshá loshA
bark (as, bark of tree) boshoya (SH)
basket boóbidim (SH) boObidim
bean edeni (SH)
beaver eduthemid (SH)
because (short form) dahan
beekeeper thuhá thuhA
to become nahin (SH)
between shinenil
to body-remember [like remembering how to ride a bicyle] obadom (SH)
believer edeláada edelAada
biology emid
birch tree meláanin (SH) melAanin
birth-blood luwili (SH)
birthgiver wóobaná wOobanA
to bite dashobe (SH)
blessing nayadi
blood luhili (SH)
blood vessel iluli (SH)
bodily secretion obahéda (JP) obahEda
bookstore áabewehe (SH) Aabewehe
botany edala
breath wíyuleth wIyuleth
to breathe wíyul (SH) wIyul
to bring to birth wóbáan wobAan
breeder of animals womilá womilA
brewer webehá webehA
burnout iboshara (DK)
to bury rumadoni (SH)
business (the science) ehohel
butcher (of meat) dehenihá dehenihA
buyer or seller ebá ebA
buyer (professional) nathá nathA

C

to caress with the lips, kiss odámála (SH) odAmAla
to caress with the tongue odithámála (SH) odithAmAla
caretaker (of people) nayahá nayahA
cartology eluben
to carve, sculpt lámáhel
ceramics ebod
ceramist, potter ebodá
ceremonial clothing budeshun
ceremonial objects daleshun
to chatter ishidi (SH)
charm, charisma thuhul
chemistry eshishid
to chew (SH) dashobin
child-science ehawith
city dweller miwithá
clitoris abatheda (Rae Bene and Baer Gewanter)
clitoris nemeháalish (RB/BG) nemehAalish
clover boómi (SH) boOmi
clown emethá (AH) emethA
to clown emeth
color science eliri
computer science ehinehal
comset technician óozhá
conifer dathimi (SH)
contract (noun and verb) bédim (SH) bEdim
cook, chef anadalá anadalA
cooking (the science) emahin
correctly dóonenal dOonenal
to count lamith (SH)
couple (noun) shinishidi (SH)
coven óoletham (CF) Ooletham
to cover, hide rumad (SH)
creative urge mahela (SH)
creator, maker elá elA
criminology ehib
curl (noun) aále (SH) aAle
to cuddle lemadama (AH)
to cut humesh (SH)

D

dandruff adelith (JP et al.)
to be dark-colored loyu (AH)
dawn nasháal (SH) nashAal
to decrease náheb (EB) nAheb
deer lemanid
deity (male) ebahóol (CF) ebahOol
depression as a side effect of medication deshara, dutheshara (DK)
depression as result of major trauma olobeshara (DK)
depression as result of small event uhudeshara (DK)
diaper áwod (SH)
diminutive suffix,  affectionate -i (SH)
direction wethene (SH)

E

echo zharumi (SH)
edge (sharp) hubod (SH)
edge (non-sharp) nodal (SH)
to enable shóoban (SH) shOoban
to enable dóthud dOthud
enabler dóthudá dOthudA
to encourage nayadithal
et cetera minidibi (SH)
evening háanáal hAanAal (SH)

F

to fall háda hAda
fat, grease zhebom (SH)
feather yulish (SH)
to be female ludi (SH)
female (noun) ludihá (SH) ludihA
feminist-angel anahelilith (CF)
to be fertile, creative shinóoya (SH)
field (noun) abedun (SH)
fist thahoma (SH)
to fly shumáad (SH) shumAad
fog úushili (SH) Uushili
to fold dóhibeyóo (SH) dOhibeyOo
fraction marker -yi- (SH)
frog ríibib (JP) rIibib
furniture mo

G

gap, hole maradal (SH)
to give-and-take báanibel (SH) bAanibel
genitalia (female, outer) wodama (SH)
genitalia (female, all) wohóol (SH) wohOol
glory hohama
Goddess Lushede (CF)
guinea pig humazhomid (SH)

H

heartbeat, pulse óoyaáláan OoyaAlAan
helper dená denA
to hem nohadal (SH)
herbal remedy duthesh (SH)
hide (noun) shoya (SH)
to hide an emotion or aspect of self mad (JP)
to hide rumad(SH)
hole, gap maradal (SH)
to hold widon
hops (the plant) webesh (SH)
hose (for liquids) ilu

I

illusion búláa bUlAa
to increase náraheb (EB) nAraheb
to be infinite ranonede (EB)
interacting ladinime
interruption theni (SH)
intuition loyan (SH)
to itch oyada (SH)
ivy boóbil (SH) boObil

J

[no new items]

K

to keep track (of) riweth
kelp yáalin (SH) yAalin
knick-knack, useless object mathom (SH) [Tolkien loanword]
kudzu huthil (SH)

L

labia owo (SH)
labia liliháaláa (JP) lilihAalAa
lava udólo (SH) udOlo
to learn a skill, to body-learn obedi (SH)
lesbian lushimá (SH) lushimA
lesson bedina (AH)
[knowledge-lesson] bediloth (AH)
[useless-knowledge-lesson] bedilhoth (AH)
[wisdom-lesson] bediwoth (AH)
lexical gap édáan EdAan
linguist edaná** edanA
lip, lips odama (SH)
list (noun) wilibod
lover azhur (AH)
lovingkindness donidan

M

magic-maker, with yahaneshá (CF)
male-identified withidetho (SH)
marsh, swamp alu (SH)
mask onabel
massage (noun and verb) lilathun (CF)
mathematics elamith (AH)
matrix (in geology) wodazhud (SH)
to meet, meet with bithim
menstrual blood óolewil(SH) Oolewil
to menstruate in sync with another woman zhesháana zheshAana
metaphor, simile zhedal (SH)
middle shiniledal (SH)
mist shili (SH)
morning háasháal (SH) hAashAal
morning glory elathil (SH)
morpheme yudáan yudAan
moth óoloó (SH)
motivation nédashubel (SH) nEdashubel
mouth óoyo Ooyo
mud donili (SH)
musical instrument dalehale

N

needle dathi (SH)
never rahath
to not-heal radutha (SH)
not-healer raduthahá (SH) raduthahA
number lami (AH)
nut yumal

O

oak doyáanin (SH) doyAanin
on, upon nol
ore badazhud
otter elalimid (SH)
outline, silhouette oyabod (SH)

P

page (of book) miháabe (SH) mihAabe
palm (of hand) óoyaha oma Ooyaha oma
pansy mahina (SH)
parsley aálesh (SH) aAlesh
peel, peeling (noun) yuhoya (SH)
to perform, act wilomina (SH)
persona zheledam (SH)
perverse, quirky, odd, hard to understand bU
pin (noun) dathidal (SH)
to plant madoni (SH)
to play elash (SH)
pleasure méesh [not said of sexual pleasure]
pleasure (sexual) méeshim
poem lalidáan lalidAan
poet lalidáaná lalidAanA
point dath (SH)
portentous éeba Eeba
potential é- E-
to practice olanin (SH)
principle dolelith
to promise bedi (MLM)
pulse, heartbeat óoyaáláan (SH) OoyaAlAan
to purr rulelo (AH)
to purr thenazho (AH)

Q

to quest for truth — sháadoni (SH) shAadoni
to quest internally nárilim (SH) nArilim

R

rake heshedon (SH)
rape (noun and verb) ralh
rapport; also, to experience rapport othadama (AH) Oothadama
to recognize láadom (SH)
rectum nohodáath (SH) nohodAath
redwood óowáanin (SH) OowAanin
relief doóleshol (SH) doOleshol
reservoir wilidunedal (SH) wIidunedal
respiration rate wíyáaláan (SH) wIyAalAan
rind yushoya (SH)
road weth
rosemary domesh (SH)
rhythm alehaáláan (SH) alehaAlAan
rhythmic-water-flow-noises áalilomáa (SH) AalilomAa
rhythmic-wave-noises áalilomáan (SH) AalilomAan

S

sage (the herb) wothesh (SH)
salt marsh malu (SH)
sanitary napkin óolewod (SH)
savory (the herb) edenesh (SH)
scene, view, experience of a place wohóoha wohOoha
scissors muhum (SH)
scratch (noun) iboth (SH)
to scratch ibath (SH) [not said of scratching an itch]
to scratch an itch ubath (SH)
self, identity zheledal (SH)
to sense, be aware of loláad óoyanan lolAad Ooyanan
sewage plant, waste water plant waludal (SH)
to be sharp huma (SH)
shell, carapace, hull udoya (SH)
shovel (noun and verb) donim (SH)
to sing lalom
skill (noun) oloth (SH)
to smell (active) shu
sorrel (the herb) thezh (SH)
sound-of-rain-on-roof lalilom
spiral bretham (SH)
to squeeze thamehib (SH)
squirrel elashemid (SH)
to spray (as water) áalá (SH) AalA
sunset nanáal (SH)
to surpass hesho [used in comparatives]

T

tail hoyo (SH)
tampon nilewod (SH)
tarragon abash (SH)
to taste (active) lóoyo lOoyo
thyme háami (SH) hAami
to tickle adama; also adadama (AH)
tongue odith (SH)
tower (noun) shumath
tractor demáazh (SH) demAazh
tribe shonida

U

until hathobéeyo hathobEeyo
urine iliyeb (JP)

V

to visualize umeloláad
vividly lishenal

W

walk (noun and verb) thibá thibA
to watch internally lohil (SH)
wing yuloma (SH)
with-regard-to shé shE
womb wóoya wOoya
word angel dáanoline (CF) dAanoline
work identity zhlehal (SH)
work that is constantly being interrupted halehadihahal (Sterling)
to wrap thamesho (SH)
to wring, wring out thamerili (SH)

X

[no items]

Y

to yearn, yearn for loyada (SH)

Z

[no items]
** This is not a new word; it’s a correction of a typographical error.
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