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« Reply #15 on: 26 March 2008, 00:56:23 »

Here are some Kuglimz names.  "Niwg" is their word for unspecified finger, but when combining it with other syllables to specify, they shorten it to "ng"

Formal

Vir'ng--Thumb (lit. "finger one")

Nuk'ng--Second finger (lit. "finger two")

Mur'ng--Third finger (lit "finger three")

Nek'ng--Fourth finger (lit. "finger four")

Teig'ng--Fifth finger (lit. "finger five")

Sorry, but the Kuglimz people are VERY literal.  That's what they would call them.

However, there would also be nicknames and so I include them as follows:

Lala'ng--Thumb ("mama finger"--the most important finger is named after the mother, for as the childbearer/rearer she is the most important family member to the family centered Kuglimz)

V'lyr'ng--Second finger ( "first born son finger")

Sah'ng--Third finger ("daddy finger" --the biggest one)

Wyn'ng--Fourth finger("daughter/girl finger")

Cym'ng--Fifth finger("baby/small finger)

There you are!


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« Reply #16 on: 26 March 2008, 13:49:34 »

Awwwwwww!   This is great -I particularly like the thumb as 'mama finger'... it runs around touching all the others and doing most of the work.... :D
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« Reply #17 on: 14 April 2008, 00:14:38 »

I love this discussion, Mrs. Judith, but surely we Eyelians would not choose such... ugh... cosmopolitan names for our fingers. Why not something a bit more feral? Perhaps on our "pack" of fingers we have the (Pointer) Alpha (as in wolf), (Middle) Ursine, (Ring) Grothar, (Little) Eaglet, and (Thumb) Jeyrial.
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« Reply #18 on: 14 April 2008, 01:30:15 »

Great suggestions, 'Siki - though perhaps erring now on the too-literal side.  Surely after centuries of use the names would have been 'eroded' a bit - how about:

Alpa, Ursa, Grota, Egle, Jay

or something similar?   Let me know - I'll be updating the top post with Alysse's suggestions as well soon.  :)
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« Reply #19 on: 14 April 2008, 09:56:56 »

Little Eyelians count on pack numbers five
The first bieng Alpa, like a wolf in disguise
Onto Ursa, Mighty and Tall
And Grota the third as the heart of it all
Little Eaglet is the smallest finger yet
And short, sturdy, Jay finishes the set.

Please can we keep Eaglet?
It has such a cute little "pinky" ring to it.
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« Reply #20 on: 14 April 2008, 10:44:59 »

Awwwww!  I'm completely won over.  So it shall be!
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« Reply #21 on: 14 April 2008, 11:09:50 »

That's adorable!  Jays up to you, N'siki  :D

Now I shall have to come up with some sort of rhyme for Kuglimz babies to learn their fingers on...


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edit: ok, here it is.  A little chant mothers teach their babies.

Vir, la’la’ng         One [is] mama thumb
Nuk,  v’lyr’ng      Two [is]  oldest son
Mur,  den sah’ng,   Three [is] tall daddy
Nek, mara wyn’ng    Four [is] golden girl (“mara’wyn” is the Kuglimz term for a daughter who is her daddy’s “princess”)
Cone, cym'ng   (Last [is] little one!

When Kuglimz mothers sing this to their babies, they traditionally kiss each finger in turn, right after it is named.  This is an old custom signifying a blessing on each member.
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« Reply #22 on: 14 April 2008, 13:48:08 »

Double 'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww's!

AND it rhymes in Kuglimz!   

This is gonna be the kyoootest entry ever....
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« Reply #23 on: 14 April 2008, 16:03:20 »

Hey Judy, since you know a little Dutch, I thought I'd share the rhyme that we have in dutch for the fingers. Who knows, you might be able to do something with it...

This is a rhyme to get children in bed. Each finger of the child is taken between thumb and index of the mother (or whoever says the rhyme) and shaken softly.

Naar bed, naar bed! Zei Duimelot
Eerst nog wat eten, zei Likkepot
Waar zullen we 't halen? Vroeg Lange Jan
In grootmoeder's kastje! zei Ringeling
Dan zal ik 't vertellen! Zei 't Kleine Ding.

(Duimelot: Thumb, Likkepot: index finger, Lange Jan: middle finger, 'tall John', Ringeling should be obvious, Klein Ding: pinky.)

I don't really know how to translate the names, but Likkepot means that this is the finger that we use when we want to taste something, like whipped cream or whatever, and we 'lick' it off. For those of you who don't know Dutch, the translation of the rest of the rhyme, without the fingers is:

To bed, To bed!
First we have to eat something,
Where are we going to get it from?
From grandmother's cupboard!
Then I will tell!
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« Reply #24 on: 14 April 2008, 19:12:01 »

Duimelot - 'inch of destiny' says Babelfish.  Can anyone make sense of that for the thumb?  Maybe 'short but important'?

Likkepot - love this one ... 'lick the pot'

Lange Jan - Tall John

Ringeling - Ring around

Klein Ding - Little(est) thing
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« Reply #25 on: 14 April 2008, 21:58:13 »

lol Honestly, don't trust babelfish. That's just too funny!

Yes, you can translate 'lot' as 'destiny', but Duimelot is really just a cute name for the thumb... Something like Lancelot, only with the thumb...
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« Reply #26 on: 14 April 2008, 23:30:05 »

Yeah, I thought you'd like that one, Irid!   Babelfish is a joculator, not a counsellor; I only run texts through it for amusement.  Nonetheless Duimelot was the only one my pot-Dutch wasn't up to getting on its own, so I thought it worth the effort... :D
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« Reply #27 on: 27 May 2008, 21:05:04 »

Does anyone from a different area of Caelereth have any other contributions to this?  It would be nice to be able to get it into the next update, otherwise - I need my name on at least ONE finished entry or Art will start wondering if my creativity is leaking out my ears....


I've added in all the ideas to date, so it's as complete as it's going to get from my end.

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« Reply #28 on: 27 May 2008, 21:17:12 »

Well, you have a bunch of entries/pics etc. that would just need the final touch, Judy - so I'm sure there's more to finish if you have some time ;)

Anyway, here the mail problem is that the entry doesn't fit into any proper scheme, there are no sections and such - but yeah, I guess we'll just have to put it up the way it was posted here.
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« Reply #29 on: 27 May 2008, 21:18:56 »

*cough* The Zirghurim Dwarves *cough*

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