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After 2-1/2 years of work, the Academy of Esperanto's Section on the 
Official Vocabulary has proposed to the entire Academy (which will 
vote on it sometime in the relatively near future) a "9a Oficiala 
Aldono al la Universala Vortaro" -- an officialization of some 209 
roots, to be added to the list found in the "Fundamento".

Interestingly, although the "Universala Vortaro" in the "Fundamento" 
does not define its roots, but simply gives their "equivalents" in 
five "major" ethnic languages, and later OAs did pretty much the same 
(with the addition of a few other languages and definitions in 
Esperanto in some of the later OAs), the new OA will not give such 
"equivalents" but *only* definitions in Esperanto.

There are some interesting words in the list, including several, let 
us say "ticklish", parts of the anatomy and several commonly used 
terms for bodily functions which have not previously been 
officialized. Poets will be happy to know that they can now rhyme 
"nipple" ("cico") with "pizza" ("pico") without being excoriated by 
arch-conservatives (who usually aren't big on poetry, anyway). By and 
large, technical terms are not included, though it will be 
interesting to see what definition is given to "komputi", which is 
finally being officialized (as an unofficial word, it was originally 
used to describe the counting or measuring action performed by your 
electricity or water meter, but that definition seems to have changed 
since the middle of the last century). Americans will, I hope, be 
happy to know that the name of their country, "Usono", is finally 
being made an official part of Esperanto's vocabulary. I don't think 
this amounts to official recognition of the existence of the country, 
however, since if it did, some Moslem countries might take exception 
to the inclusion of the only other country name, "Israelo", in the 
list. Oh, yes, and our current administration might object to 
inclusion of the action "torturi", since they don't engage in such a 
thing, only in "extremely rigorous interrogation" ("rigorega 
pridemandado" which, as an expression rather than a word, is not included).


-- Don HARLOW
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