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.

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