Friday, September 27, 2013


Word Creation
The Etymology of Shatterish & Geisten Words

To add color to The Smut Sagas, I have used many exotic words as well as creating a few of my own in an attempt to bring the languages of the gods to life.  Many people have asked me about these words, and although I did not keep up with it at the time of creation, I am supplying a list of those that I can remember.  Since all language comes from Shatterish, I sometimes create words by utilizing other languages, primarily Egyptian, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, German, and Russian.  Frequently I examine the etymology of a word and choose an older form.  Another method I use is anagrams of two or more combined words.  Some of the words are just word play, sounding similar to a word, or using a piece of the word.  Many plants and animals are the actual scientific names, or plays on those names. Geist family names are the scientific classification family name of a specific plant.  And sometimes I just use silly words for shits and giggles; for example, my levitation potion is the levitation potion from Morrowind with all the ingredients spelled backwards.

Fact: - grimoire comes from the Old French gramaire, meaning “grammar,” the study of language construction.

adoc flower – reverse of coda flower, a nod to Morrowind

amart shrub – reverse of trama, a nod to Morrowind

amba –  The Udege and Nanai name for the revered Siberian tiger

ariapeg – from aria, Italian meaning ‘air’ + Pegasus,  the winged horse

attethaa – from Egyptian attet, meaning ‘word’. (att – ‘speak, manifest’) +
Egyptian haa, meaning ‘breath of life’.

atomus – Latin atomus, meaning ‘indivisible’

Aur Vena Amoris –  from Hebrew aur, meaning’ fire’, or ‘mystic light’ + Latin from vena amoris, meaning ‘vein of love’

boejjea – from Russian  bozhestvo meaning ‘deity, god, divinity, godhead, idol, demigod’

bomothe – a play on the biblical word behemoth, meaning large creature

brimbleblatt – cockroaches are insects of the order Blattaria or Blattodea + brimstone (burn stone) the biblical name for sulfur.

capra – the genus of goat is Capra

chepritera –  Chepri or Khepri, is an ancient Egyptian god associated with the scarab beetle + ptera is from the Greek pteron, meaning ‘wing’.  Also, Coleoptera is the scientific order of beetles.

cobradarlings – pitcher plants are of the genus Darlingtonia and are commonly known as cobra plants

coid – from the scientific name of the superfamilies Astacoidea and Parastacoidea of which crawfish are members

Conjucti Oneiroi – from Latin conjunctus, meaning “joined, connected” + Oneiroi, the Greek Dream gods

cucur vine – a gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae

darwinites –  from species name Mastotermes darwiniensis, the giant northern termite

datakerefsh – from Latin data, meaning ‘something given’ + Avestan kerefsh, meaning ‘form, body’

deoxyribo – from Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

dred –  from the Tibetan transliteration of Yeti, g.ya’ dred.  Dred, Tibetan for ‘bear’, is pronounced ‘tre’ with the ‘r’ almost inaudible.

droserosDroseros is the Genus name of sundew plants

eleazar – Hebrew, variant of Lazarus, meaning ‘God is my help’

ercuss tree – the cork oak  species name is Quercus suber

eskharasaurus – from Greek eskhara, meaning ‘hearth, scab caused by burning’ + Greek sauros meaning ‘lizard’

eyekos – a play on the word psychopomp

fragmentum – from Latin fragmentum, meaning  ‘a broken piece, remnant’, equivalent to frag (stem of frangere  ‘to break’) + Latin ment, mentum  a suffix  denoting an action or resulting state

Geist – German for spirit

Geola – Old English, Gēola aka ‘Yule’

gogo – a play on the word ibogaine

heterochiral – I didn’t make this word up.  It is in the dictionary.  From Greek héteros, meaning ‘the other of two, other, different’ + Greek cheír,  meaning hand + al, a suffix meaning ‘to have the character of’and found in loanwords from Latin

hul gil – Sumerian for opium poppies, meaning ‘joy plant’

iya – Rastafari language, meaning ‘higher’

Jörmunrsul – from Old Saxon Irminsul ‘great/mighty or arising pillar’.  Jörmunr is the Old Norse form of Irmin, a name of Odin. (related to Yggdrasil, Odin’s sacrificial tree as the mythic prototype)

Kinder – German word for children

Khahuhrus – from Egyptian kha, meaning ‘belly, body’ + Gothic huhrus meaning ‘hunger’

khurliches – from Slavic chrlič meaning ‘gargoyle’

Koslovea – anagram of  kaos + love

krysphaira –  from kry, Greek meaning ‘frozen, transparent, aka crystalline’ + Greek sphaira, meaning ‘sphere’.  Also referencing krypton, a rare gas.  (note to self:  I don’t know why this word is capitalized in my books.  Probably an error)

Kybos - from Greek kybos meaning ‘cube’

kyriotites – from Greek kyrios,  meaning ‘an owner, possessor’, also kyriotēs, meaning “dominion”+ Greek itēs;  meaning  ‘a member or component of a part of the body’

lerrab-teews – reverse of sweet barrel, a nod to Morrowind

makhennu – Egyptian  makhennu, meaning boat or ark of the dead, in which they crossed safely.

maru-kabuta – Egyptian word maru-kabuta , meaning ‘chariot’

Medianus Iteru – from Latin medianus ‘of the middle’,  + Iteru , the ancient Egyptian name for the Nile, meaning ‘great river’

moko – from Mangaia mythology, Moko is king of the lizards. Also, the Oligosoma moco is a species of skink

mort – Latin stem of mors, meaning ‘death’

mruqs – air-breathing snails and slugs belong to the taxonomic category Sigmurethra + Latin mucus, meaning “slime, mold, snot”

muth – Hebrew word muth, meaning ‘the abode of the dead’

muzkah – This is a word play of Muscomorpha, the infraorder of carrion flies.

nast – from Russian nast, meaning ‘crust formed on snow by partial thawing and subsequent refreezing due to wind’

nesierax – synonym for falcon used by Harry Church Oberholser

naxomot  – a word play on the groundhog species name of Marmota monax

olifant –  Middle English olifaunt, meaning ‘elephant’, also a nod to oliphaunts of Tolkien lore

Ordearth – anagram of order + death

phalaris mons-avon  – Phalaris is the genus for reed canary grass
 + mons- avon ?  monoamine oxidase inhibitor ?  monocots?  I can’t find the reference.

polarisvertere  – from Latin polaris, meaning ‘polar’+  Latin vertere,  meaning ‘to turn’

praw –  from Proto-Indo-European preu, meaning ‘to jump’

psylocybe-eris – variant spelling of mushroom genus Psilocybe + Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos
Qibbus Fields – from Modern Hebrew qibbus meaning ‘a gathering together’

Quietus, The – from Medieval Latin quitus meaning ‘at rest’

quuscallus – from Equus ferus caballus, subspecies of horse

recarffilc – reverse of cliff racer, a nod to Morrowind

replisected – from replicate,  Latin replicātus  meaning ‘bent back’ + sect  from Latin secāre, meaning  ‘to cut’

risorgimento – I didn’t make this one up.  It is in the dictionary.  From Italian risorg ( ere ) ‘to rise again’ + Latin ment, mentum  a suffix  denoting an action or resulting state

rudis – from Latin rudis meaning ‘unlearned, untrained’

rueion – from Syrian rue (Peganum harmala) + -ion, a Latin suffix indicating action or condition

saybah  – from ceiba (pronounced say-bah) tree.  The Mayans believe the ceiba tree is the sacred Tree of Life.

scuzzlewugs – means hamster, but I can’t find any source words.  I vaguely remember pulling this out of my ass. (and yes, I know that’s double funny!)

semilanceataSemilanceata is the species name of  the liberty cap mushroom

Shatter –  from German schatten, meaning ‘shadow’

sherauhuhsherau, Egyptian, meaning ‘pubescent’ + huh, Hebrew, meaning ‘ to desire, long for, sigh for’

shphirhaahuhshphir, from Hebrew shaphar  meaning ‘ beautiful, beauty, elegance’ + haa, Egyptian, meaning ‘breath of life’ + huh, Hebrew, meaning ‘to desire, long for, sigh for’

siphs – fleas are of the order Siphonaptera

Slukhtis – from slukhtis, Proto-Germanic meaning ‘slaughter of many in battle’

SolanaceaeSolanaceae is the scientific family name of nightshade

spithre – from Middle English spithre, meaning ‘spider’

taus – from Melek Taus, peacock figure from the Kurdish religion Yezidism
telephainesthai – from Greek tele meaning ‘far’ + Greek phaínesthai menaing  ‘to appear’

Tenfkep – from Egyptian tenf, meaning ‘dead ancestor’ + Egyptian
kep, meaning ‘concealed place, sanctuary, typhonian’

Terrasvefn – from Latin terra, meaning ‘earth’ + Old Norse svefn ‘a dream’

Thordrea  - anagram of order + death

thos -  from Greek thōs, meaning ‘jackal’

tipitiwitchet – slang term for Venus fly trap possibly referencing the vagina

tolguacha – Mexicans call Datura wrightii tolguacha

transperceptify / transperceptification – from Latin trans, meaning ‘across,beyond, through’ + percept from  Latin perceptum, meaning  ‘something perceived’+ fy or fication, a suffix meaning ‘to make, cause , or render’

transversum – from Latin trānsversum meaning ‘passage across’

utsupraestinfra – from Latin ut meaning ‘as’ + Latin supra, meaning ‘above’ + Latin est, meaning ‘is’ + Latin infra, meaning ‘below’

vashigast –  from Sanskrit vashi, meaning ‘to attract or have influence on somebody’ or possibly Malayalam word vashi, meaning ‘obstinate’ +  Old English gāst, meaning ‘ghost’

Vealokos  – anagram of  kaos + love

vigghe – from Middle Dutch vigghe  meaning ‘young pig’

Voth – a play on the words  void + death

vowyr – A play on the word devour

wapaq –  the Siberian Koryak name for the fly agaric mushroom is wapaq.

zefragon – a  play on the words zephyr and dragon

zhomzux –   from the Algonquin’s rabbit god, Manabozho + ? zux ?  I can’t remember the source of this.


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