laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 27 02:15:46 UTC 2004
An early nominee for the WOTY list, courtesy of a colleague on another list...
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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 00:20:59 +0000
From: JohnM <john at scroll.demon.co.uk>
As someone who is following closely the Mars mission
(and will almost certainly put a summary on my website)
I couldn't help being fascinated by the new word 'yestersol'
which NASA has invented (sol being a Martian day, 20 mins
longer than ours). I have not as yet seen 'tosol' but it can't
be far away.
Now you can't have a word like this in many other languages.
You can't in any Latin-derived languages, you can't in Greek or in
German. The only language I know when you can have a similar
construction is Hungarian (nap=day) tegnap=yesterday ->tegsol)
and they are one better because they can have tomorrow, too!
Sorry for being so sad, but does anyone know any other languages that
could have yestersol?
Author of Brazil: Life, Blood, Soul
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