Thursday, September 27, 2007


charn : black

The Tarijan word for the color black is charn.

Charn is a ruined fictional realm in C. S. Lewis's book The Magician's Nephew, one of the Chronicles of Narnia.

In other languages:
Charn means means "flesh, meat" in Romansch, a uncommon language of Switzerland.

How I came up with this word:
Charn is a mixture of the transliterated word for black in Russian which is chernyi or chornih (черный), and the transliterated word for black in Mongolian which is khar (хар).

Friday, September 21, 2007

nui : no

The Tarijan word for no is nui.

In other languages:
nui means "club, truncheon" in Estonian; means "injured" in French; means "big" in Hawaiian; means "big, important, large, many" in Maori; means "us" in Sicilian.

International locations:
Nui is a district in the Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu and a small city in the Chechenskaya Respublika region of the Russian Federation. Nui is the first part of the name of a number of cities in Vietnam. Easter Island is also called Rapa Nui.

Friday, September 14, 2007


dii : yes

The Tarijan word for yes is dii.

In other languages:
dii means "all day" in Dawida (a language of Kenya); means "you" in Saami (a language of Lapland); means "this" in Sinkyone (a California Athabascan language).

International locations:
Dii is a place in Liberia.