Lemizh / English dictionary
This word has pejorative connotations when used with certain words (mainly flat things, but also faces), dating from Middle Lemizh:
- ‘all the (sheets of) paper’ is a term for excessive bureaucracy.
- ‘bringing all the tables into the restaurant’ or ‘laying out / using all the blankets/bedsheets’ indicates overactivity and disorganisation.
- If someone puts ‘all the paintings in his (living) room’, he is overdoing it, or he simply has no taste.
- ‘all the faces in the room’ is derogatory, unlike ‘all the people in the room’.
This list is far from complete.
The meaning ‘Universe’ is probably influenced by the unrelated but similar sounding xnàr. ‘land, (inhabited) world’.
irregular development of
< NLem can‑a ‘complete, all’
< LMLem, MLem can‑yr
< OLem shand‑ ‘win’
< PLem *sand‑ ‘succeed’, root aorist of
< PIE *seh₂dʰ‑
See Ràbv. for information on Ghean weighting numerals.
Gk ἰθῡ́ς ‘straight, fair’, Ved sídhyati ‘succeeds’