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What is the most beautiful/ poetic/ amusing Esperanto word you know?

Thanks to its extensive affix system, Esperanto lends itself to the creation of a staggering number of words never before seen in any other language, and often these words are so inventive and unintentionally beautiful that they give you a sense of childlike wonder when you first encounter them.

It seems that children are really good at coming up with these words, too. I read the article on wikipedia about native Esperanto-speakers and they would often come up with novel ways of saying words they do not know that end up being unintentionally amusing or poetic. Here are some of my favourites:

malsandviĉiĝis: 'to become (a shape) which isn't a sandwich anymore' (sandviĉ-iĝis 'became a sandwich', of a brother playing with cushions)

malstelita: 'not surrounded by stars' (of the moon; from stelita 'starred')

So how about you? What's the most beautiful/poetic/amusing/unusually specific Esperanto word you've ever come across or invented? I'd love to know! :)

3 years ago

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ljamreĝidoj - the children of the llama king!

I'm sure there are others that will come back to me, but that one (from an article about Esperanto roots) springs to mind.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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I know where you saw that... http://www.esperanto.ie/en/zaft/zaft_13.html :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Yup :D what can I say? It stuck ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcreed
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Maybe this is the opposite of what you're asking for (delightfully big and winding kunmetitojn of affixes) but I've always loved the feeling of the opposite extreme --- being aesthetically surprised by the use of single affixes as standalone words, "ree" = "again/repeatedly", "malo" = "opposite", "ano" = "member", "ero" = "little bit of something", "eco" = "quality", "eblo" = "possibility", "aĉa" = "terrible"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcreed
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(also "kialo" = "reason", "ĉiama" = "eternal", "iama" = "occasional/sometime/erstwhile", "iomete" = "somewhat" are great constructions out of the correlatives, and "kabeintulo" = "person who has forsaken an interest they were once enthusiastic about" and "volapukaĵo" are strikingly... apartena speciale al esperantujo)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/balou67
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(-int-ul- is a pleonasm. Kabeinto. Ĉu kabeemulo estas kabeanto aŭ kabeonto? Eble rekabeanto :D ) Yes, that's so cool. Esperanto is a genius game for children, that makes grown-ups have fun too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcreed
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oops, you're correct, thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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Those are my favorite too. I love seeing words like "fiaĉulo," "ebleco" or "iomete" that are made entirely of particles and affixes but look and work like proper words.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanege
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Bonantagulo

(slang, pejorative) someone whose Esperanto is limited to a few basic phrases like “bonan tagon”

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/balou67
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Funny, I only knew "kielvifartasulo" :)

3 years ago

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That one is amazing XD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adromu
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Ĉielarkulidinoj → The daughters of rainbowman. Just invented.

3 years ago

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Cxielarkulinidinoj -> The daughters of rainbowwoman

3 years ago

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Love it :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johmue

tohuvabohuo

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/balou67
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Kajto estas folkmuzikgrupo el Nederlando. Ili estas sukcesaj en Esperantujo, kaj pluraj el iliaj kantoj estas famaj klasikaĵoj. Tohuvabohuo estas la titolo de unu el iliaj kantoj. Kunkantu legante la karaokeon :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQLVW2yqajU

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kolego
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3 years ago

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XDDD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kolego
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maltrinki :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LunjoTO

Playing Skrablo is a good way to discover new never-before-seen words. http://skrablo.ikso.net/

3 years ago

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Ooooh that sounds like fun!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CviSolt

Krokodili and its derivatives: aligatori, kajmani, gaviali .. Krokodili - to crocodile - is to speak your national language between esperantists

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/miacomet
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I know krokodili kaj aligatori, but what are kajmani and gaviali?

3 years ago

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http://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptiliumi ŝajne havas la tutan aron:

Kajmani is (laŭ tio) "in an esperanto-speaking context to speak a language that is the native language of nobody present" ("en Esperanta medio paroli lingvon alian ol Esperanton, kiu estas gepatra lingvo de neniu ĉeestanto")

Gaviali is "malkrokodili", to speak esperanto to someone when nobody else around can speak esperanto, maybe with the idea that you're trying deliberately not to be understood by them ("paroli Esperanton, kiam alia lingvo pli taŭgus" aŭ kun la signifo "uzi Esperanton por ke ĉeestantaj ne-Esperantistoj ne komprenu onin")

3 years ago

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For me, the best word is "Esperantisto" :) Mi tre sxatas gxin

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DJ_Kunar
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I am a native speaker of Esperanto but my favorite word is quite simple: muziko. :) (And yes, those who know me might have thought it would be "kafo", "ĉokolado" or "ukulelo"...)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TommyDDoom

ljamfurzego xdd

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RStoltzfoos
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Araneulo is my username on Memrise. Made it up myself.

1 year ago