|City and State Names (for meme post)
||[Jan. 3rd, 2011|06:23 pm]
Rikchik Language Institute
I had the thought to take part in the "where did you sleep this year" meme in my main journal. As usual, translating human names into Rikchik is really hard.|
I slept in 8 cities in 5 states in 2010. The states are Massachusetts, Washington, New York, Maine, and Georgia.
Mass is Big-N-Quality-0 Tentacle-N-Quality-0 Water-N-Quality-2 Number-N-Agent-0 Ground-P-End-2 "the Bay State", as established by http://rikchik.livejournal.com/10607.html (and if I had slept in California, that's in the same post as Grass-N-Quality-0 Metal-N-Quality-1 Number-N-Agent-0 Ground-P-End-2 "the Golden State"). Washington's nickname is "the Evergreen State" which I could render as All-N-Quality-0 Span-N-Quality-1 Rikchik-N-Quality-1 Number-N-Agent-0 Ground-P-End-2. I can't render it as "evergreen tree" because Maine's nickname is "the Pine Tree State". I'm inclined to make "pine tree" "triangular tree" using a triangular morpheme - Box? God? Crystal? Dragon? I should really figure out the R word for "cone" and use that. New York could be "2nd York", where York is apparently either "Yew" or "Wild Boar Settlement", or it could be "Empire State" (Seven-N-Quality-0 Home-N-Includesrec-0 Home-N-Quality-2 Number-N-Agent-0 Ground-P-End-2). Georgia is "the Peach State" - I think that should be Rock-N-Includesrec-0 Fruit-N-Quality-1 Number-N-Agent-0 Ground-P-End-2.
In MA I slept in Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington, and Gardner. Somerville should clearly be "summer city" but I haven't actually established words for seasons yet. There are 21 blocks in the rikchik year, implying either 3 or 7 seasons - since the year starts at spring equinox, perhaps "flower season", "sunny season", and "sleep season", but what's the word for "season"? Cambridge was named after Cambridge University so it should probably be Big-N-Quality-1 Learn-N-Quality-1 Seven-N-Quality-0 Home-P-End-2. Arlington was named after Arlington National Cemetery, so it could be "dead land town" but I think my friends there would be annoyed by that name. Arlington's previous name was Menotomy, Algonquian for "swift running water" which could be Bouncer-N-Quality-0 Move-N-Quality-0 Water-N-Quality-2 Seven-N-Quality-1 Home-P-End-2. Gardner is crying out to be rendered as "gardener", Flower-N-Agentrec-0 Human-N-Quality-1 Seven-N-Quality-1 Home-P-End-2.
WA was Seattle, which is named after Chief Si'ahl. I don't know the etymology of his name but could do something based on "great leader" or similar. Alternatively, Seattle has a number of nicknames such as Rain City that I could use. NY was NYC - I don't think I can use "Empire" again, but for New York Big-N-Quality-0 Big-N-Quality-1 Seven-N-Quality-1 Home-P-End-2 "Very Big City" may work. ME was Shapleigh which means "Sheep Meadow" as far as I can tell. What rikchik animal is most like a sheep? None of them really have wool. Maybe it's a "cloth-roller". GA was Atlanta, which I'm inclined to render as either "rail junction" (based on its old name of Terminus) or "fire sky-fish" (based on its motto and symbol of a phoenix).