On Sat, 2 May 2009 20:09:48 -0700, steve rice <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >That does seem unusually clever. I'd like to see a presentation of it whenever you're ready. I don't know if it's clever, but it is fun ^^ It will take me long before I can present something consistent though, I lack time to research the metaphors used worldwide. Here is how the compounds shown before work: hauwa is roughly "to tiger out/away" (to roar) haunu is "to tiger in/down" (to devour) hauya is "to tiger around/apart" (to tear into pieces) hauku is "to tiger on/upon/down" (to pounce) Animals provide some of the most evocative metaphors, for instance "to turtle a car". However care must be taken to avoid too culture specific metaphors, such as those that assign a moral value or character to an animal.