I did an AMA on Reddit last year, and in the middle of it a spontaneous subthread cropped up where redditors who spoke different languages posted the word for “butterfly” in their language. It was awesome. The subthread starts with the third comment thread from the top here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1chmc4/ David Peterson LCS Member Since 2007 [log in to unmask] www.conlang.org On Mar 4, 2014, at 11:49 AM, C. Brickner <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > The Senjecan word for ‘butterfly’ is “zõõle” from “zõõla”, flutter. > > And there is a word for ‘moth’: “laaþzõõle”, night flutterer. > > There are also individual words for some species, such as “paapĩle”, the Old World Swallowtail, Papilio machaon. > > Charlie > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "R A Brown" <[log in to unmask]> > To: [log in to unmask] > Sent: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:42:22 PM > Subject: Butterflies flutter by (was: Kamakawi Fun Time!) > > On 04/03/2014 16:57, Puey McCleary wrote: >> Speaking of butterflies, here are some other fun words >> for butterflies in conlangs: >> >> Lela -- (from Tepa) >> Pxiqlm -- (from gzb) >> Sanatwy -- (from Teonaht -- also means peripatetic soul, psyche) >> Wilwarin (wilwarind-) (from Quenya, compare Telerin Vilverin) >> Gwilwileth -- (from Sindarin) >> SX-Ph -- (the root from Ithkuil) >> Zinkagi (from Latejami -- also means moth) >> Kiikwic' (from Chispa) >> Áalaá -- (Láadan) >> Pab -- (Volapük) >> Letusca - (Verdurian) >> riOzos -- (aUI) > > > [snip] >> >> Be sure to collect them all! Words, that is. Not the >> butterflies. > > Yep - thanks for starting them off :) > > In Babm it's _bvoh_ /bɔvi'ɔ:ha/ > > I regret Dutton didn't give a word for 'butterfly' in his > Speedwords. The only insect he was interested in was the > 'bee' (iskflo) and 'fly' (iskl). It will be seen that in > Sppedwords, which is supposed to be a briefscript, the > insects have longer names than in English :) > > I haven't discovered a word for butterfly among Dr Outis' > papers. Doubtless my Brittanic/Bretanese - or whatever it > gets called - will have a word for the critters, I'm a long > way from discovering it yet - still wrestling with the > phonology (I can see why the bogolangers like their GMPs!). > > -- > Ray > ================================== > http://www.carolandray.plus.com > ================================== > "Ein Kopf, der auf seine eigene Kosten denkt, > wird immer Eingriffe in die Sprache thun." > [J.G. Hamann, 1760] > "A mind that thinks at its own expense > will always interfere with language".