November 27, 2016

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Wow! I finally found a word with no consonants!


You can even make an entire sentence with only vowels, using that word!

Oaia aia e a ei; eu i-o iau. "That sheep is hers; I am taking it from her". :D

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Ia-i-o! (Take it from her!) :)


..and the plural of oaie is oi :)


For the advanced french speakers: remember "ouailles", the veeeery old french term for sheep (now used for the people a priest preaches to).

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Interesting observation. Apparently, both ”oaie” and ”ouaille” come from the latin ”ovis.” How the French arrived at ”brebis (latin)/mouton (gaulish)” and the Italians to ”pecora” would be interesting stories. NOTE: Besides Romanian, the Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese stayed close to Latin as well.


regarding Italian "pecora" the origin is LATIN ' Pecus( nominative), pecoris (genitive). Pecus means Ganado in Spanish which in English is "cattle". The Latin word has given birth to French " pécuniaire" , Spanish "pecuniario", meaning " money" because at the beginning of the Roman Republic, the money was " pecus" i.e. cattle.

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Thank you for following up on this! To close the loop, it turns out that the French brebis seems to derive from the Latin berbēx from which the Romanian berbec = ram is derived!


Thanks. I did not look at that.

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    Next time I play Scrabble, I’m playing this! “That’s not a word!” “Yes it is.” “In what language?” “Romanian. It means ‘sheep’.” “Get lost! We’re playing in English!” I can try. :)


    Using y as a consonant in English, there are two six letter words that have no vowels : rhythm and syzygy. The latter is an astronomical term.


    So all this talk about vowels got me thinking in English a "y" can be considered a vowel or a consonant. When we learned our vowels in school it was "a,e,i,o,u, and sometimes y" so I'm wondering does this happen in other languages where one letter is both a vowel and a consonant?


    I don't know, but in Welsh "y" is a vowel.


    In Welsh "w" can be either a vowel or a consonant.


    Cognates with English "ewe", makes a lot of sense to me!

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