Matt Pearson wrote:

> >Joshua Shinavier wrote:
> >
> >>The new words I like best are those I feel the need to invent before =
I really
> >>even know what they mean: once in a while I see something and it seem=
> >>familiar, in an intuitive sort of way,


> >>I "discover" what the word really means; it's never a concept familia=
r to me
> >>as a word from any of the languages I already know, otherwise that wo=
rd would
> >>have come to mind right away
> >
> >I found this very interesting.  What are some of the words that you've
> >come up with in this way?  What does "ty=EBrn" mean, for example?
> >
> >I've only ever come up with one Tokana word in this way, namely "kemet=
> >When a bunch of pigeons suddenly all fly up into the air, circle aroun=
> >and then land in an altogether better place, that action is called
> >"kemet".  Or when a bunch of fallen leaves are blown up into the air
> >by a gust of wind, fly around, and then fall back down to earth again,
> >that's "kemet".  There are other examples of "kemet" as well, which in
> >my mind seemed to form a natural class.  The best definition I could c=
> >up with is "the sudden, spontaneous, collective movement of a large gr=
> >of
> >small objects".
> >
> >Matt.
> >

Kemet is a lovely word.
Here's one someone told me years ago, made up for something he and his si=
ster felt
needed a name:  "Peenskons": the feeling in the top of your throat descen=
ding into
your chest when you have swallowed too much ice cream too quickly.


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