Lexember, day 19 – eelee

Author: Scott Hamilton  /  Category: Conlanging, Tezhmese language

eelee /ˈi.li/ – noun –

  1. a star (celestial object)
  2. a goal, an aspiration
  3. a passion
  4. a romantic partner (usually in a polyamorous context)

In general, celestial objects have rich use in metaphor. eelee is commonly used in aspirational metaphors, referring to hopes, goals, and aspirations. It also gets used for personal passions, from the avid fandom to heartfelt feelings and passions.

The sky is also a common metaphor for romantic relationships. Tezhmese metaphor makes a difference between monogamy and polyamory – monogamous relationships use daytime metaphors and polyamorous ones use the night sky. Thus, an eelee thus someone who one has a polyamorous romantic relationship: a lover, partner, spouse, etc. For a monogamous relationship. the word for sun (rex) is used instead.

Lexember Catch Up, Day 5 – 17

Author: Scott Hamilton  /  Category: Conlanging, Tezhmese language

I fell way behind on Lexember, so here is some words to catch up. I’ll catch up here and then hopefully again post day 18 later today.

  1. needebee – n – cat (often shortened to neebee, which is equivalent of ‘kitty’
  2. won – n – piece of bread
  3. sezhelwon – n – tortilla
  4. beenzhae – n – sandwich
  5. asua – ajd – clever, often too clever for one’s own good, mad genius
  6. sil – n – tree
  7. lasen – n -a warning light, a indicator light, and LED, a visual notification
  8. lasenzil – n – traffic light
  9. eeun – n – light
  10. aoowa – n – sky
  11. some – n – medicine, any compound or substance used to improve the health of something, applies to things like sealant, furniture polish, etc.
  12. vanem – n – mask, covering, lie, distraction
  13. inveea – v – measure, weigh, count, assess, watch carefully

Lexember, day 4 – shes

Author: Scott Hamilton  /  Category: Conlanging, Tezhmese language

Language: Tezhmese

shes /ʃɛs/ – noun

  1. a sly grin
  2. a trickster

Lexember, day 3 – daregon

Author: Scott Hamilton  /  Category: Conlanging, Tezhmese language

(catch up time!)

Language: Tezhmese

daregon /ˈdɑ.ɹɛ.gon/ – noun

  1. chosen family, the people a person is closest to who are not kin

From dar + egon (collective plural suffix). A dar is a person that one is emotionally close to in a way that is not necessarily aligned with romantic feelings or commitments.


Lexember, Day 2: reezenz

Author: Scott Hamilton  /  Category: Conlanging, Tezhmese language

Language: Tezhmese

reezenz /ˈɹi.zɛnz/ – noun

  1. an unknown
  2. a baffling thing, a source of unexpected confusion
  3. the aggregate of things that are unexpected and baffling

Usage notes: 
reezenz can used both in the individual and the collective senses, making it irregular (it is never used with the standard collective number suffix).

reezenz derives from the English word ‘reasons’, specifically from its use in the phrase “because reasons”, used to indicate that the cause was actually no reason the speaker could discern. Given that Tehzmese is a personal language, that is a perfectly valid motivation for the etymology of a word….

Lexember, Day 1: etres

Author: Scott Hamilton  /  Category: Conlanging, Tezhmese language


Language: Tezhmese
etres /ˈɛ.tɹɛs/ – verb

  1. to write, specifically to write as an act of creativity.
  2. to describe in text
  3. to design as a formal process
  4. to create a narrative or create a narrative space through description
  5. to create art with words (such as calligraphy)
  6. to create computer code

Usage notes:
etres specifically relates to act of using words, text, or narrative in a creative way, such as writing a story, poem, essay, blog post, etc. Anything that produces an actual text would qualify (such as writing computer code). etres can also be used to convey either the process of recording such a thing (e.g. I am writing this poem in my notebook) or the creative process (e.g. I am writing a poem about geese.)

Small bits of text are often excluded, however – etres would not be used to describe the process of writing a quick note, a tweet, or a quick social media post.

etres always requires the existence of some sort of text, but sometimes the text is theoretical – one could use etres to describe the process of designing a machine in some sort of formal way with the implication that the design is something that would end up with a text describing it. This is especially the case for design that goes into narrative works or works centered around texts, so a fiction author could use etres to describe designing the fictional setting, or it could be used to convey the process by which a debater explains an argument or position.

Creating art specifically using words can also be describe by etres (for example, creating calligraphy).

For the act of simply writing words down (inscribing words on a medium), or the act of taking dictation, you would use the verb srib instead.