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10-13 [Nov. 1st, 2006|12:17 am]
Word-A-Day Akkadian

four today! Jesus, I'm lazy. (or INSANE WITH WORK. yeah.)

verbs today

sharaqum--to steal
qatanum--to be or become thin, narrow, or fine
dananum--to be or become strong
halaqum--to get lost, escape, run away, become missing; to perish

wish I had time or energy to go a little further, but not today. sad.
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day 8 and day 9, late again. [Oct. 27th, 2006|06:08 pm]
Word-A-Day Akkadian

I would apologize if anyone were watching. I am going insane with work. Two for today, again.



"uznum" can mean "ear" or "wisdom," which I think is pretty cool. A narkabtum is a chariot. Yay.

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days six and seven [Oct. 25th, 2006|12:18 pm]
Word-A-Day Akkadian

okay, missed a day again, but I have an excuse, which is: I left the house at eight yesterday and didn't get home until six this morning. where was I? I was in the archaeology lab. right.

Today's Akkadian words are:


Ilum and iltum mean "god" and "goddess" respectively. Note again the feminine t.

soon I may actually go public with this. we'll see. although if anyone's out there who noticed the community in my userinfo or whatever, please feel free to comment and/or friend; it's not a secret or anything.
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day 5 [Oct. 23rd, 2006|08:52 am]
Word-A-Day Akkadian

mmm, too early. Okay, what have we for today?


Bitum means "house" in Akkadian, and it can also mean "household," like the social unit. And I'm too tired to come up with anything more interesting, so there you go.
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3 and 4 [Oct. 23rd, 2006|01:50 am]
Word-A-Day Akkadian

Okay, missed a day there (and technically, it's tomorrow right now, so maybe two) but since it's still just my personal thing, whatever, I'll survive.

Today's Akkadian words are linked:


In Akkadian, the "t" is often the feminine marker, and there are a number of male/female noun pairs like the above, with the t being the only difference.
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day #2 [Oct. 20th, 2006|08:49 pm]
Word-A-Day Akkadian

So, a little late in the day, but still posting, go me.

Today's Akkadian word is kaspum, which means silver, which was a major currency in the ancient Near East (in terms of weight and/or cool stuff made out of it, anyway--money in the form of minted coins wasn't invented until about the fifth or sixth century B.C.E.)
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day #1 [Oct. 19th, 2006|01:56 pm]
Word-A-Day Akkadian

Okay, we're going to start this off easy, because if this is not easy I doubt I will keep it up, and so far it's only for me so I can't be embarrassed by not being as cool as the sumerian chick, who posts cuneiform pictures and everything. Here, right now, it is straight transliterated vocabulary. (My excuse is that a) I am only an undergraduate and my cuneiform is not very good yet, b) I am hugely busy, and c) I am hugely lazy.)

So, today's word is:


Ummum means mother; it shows up in Arabic as um, plus whichever case ending you desire, and probably in other Semitic languages that I don't know. I think it's cool because it just looks/sounds very visceral and earthy to me. So there you go. Akkadian word for Thursday, October 19, 2006: ummum.
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