Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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One of the standard admonitions to fiction writers is not to try to write dialect. I have always respected this rule. Until now. Here I am, trying to reproduce what a giant, intelligent snake says while speaking what is, to him, a non-native language, the tongue of a race of intelligent rats.

"Lord Urisshamss," his translator lisped. "It iss my pleassure to tellss you thatss the spiess you warnss the Divine Mother aboutss have been capturess."

Too much like Gollum? But how else does a snake pronounce a non-snake language? I could replace the 's'es with 'z'es. Then he soundz, I mean sounds, like a hip-hop artist or script kiddie. 'Lord Urishamz'. I tried 'th'es, but he just sounded like what's his name, from Brideshead Revisited, the poor fellow with both a lisp and a stutter.

Oy.




ZEN


meaning: gradual advance

漸減 == zengen == (noun) gradual decrease, decline
漸次 ==  zenji == (noun, adverb) gradually, slowly, little by little




Left radical is a radical version of 'water', which here means 'river'. Right radical is Non-General Use character meaning 'to behead', here acting phonetically to express 'advance'. This character was originally a proper noun, the name of a specific river in China. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'vehicle' (車) and 'axe/chop/cleave' (斤), and as a mnemonic: 'Vehicle gradually advances, cleaving through water.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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