The Dailies. May 25, 2022
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Reposting here the comment I made on the Dreamwidth mirror post yesterday.
New Beldreni word: fofolu
A reflexive verb meaning: ‘to fall in love’
Etymology is a bit murky but probably from the dialectal West Beldreni word fola, ‘sudden gust of wind’ – another brand new word.
Fofolu is used with the all-purpose reflexive pronoun suke and, when specifying the object of one’s affections, the preposition o, ‘to’.
As a verb whose stem ends with -u in present tense neutral style, the new word belongs to the third conjugation table of verbs:
Present tense (polite, neutral, familiar): fofolya, fofolu, fofola
Past tense perfective (=preterite): fofols, fofolus, fofolas
Past tense imperfective: fofolti, fofoluti, fofolati
Future tense: fofoludde, fofoluddi, fofoluddi
A-tes kero o baen suke fofolus. I have fallen in love with you.
Lao o kero suke fofoluddi. You will fall in love with her.
Glanti tesem o suke fofolunan o kateti go? Why did (I) have to fall in love with that person? (note: the “I” isn’t specified here and depending on context the sentence could refer to someone else)
ETA: Adding this one too:
Ane baen o kero idzhest suke fofoluneddi adi, baen mitel.
I don’t think you will ever fall in love with me.
(Ane… adi mark out subjunctive clasues, idzhest means ‘never’, mitel means ‘think, believe’.)
Awesome! Love that probable etymology.
Thank you! I had some other etymological idea at first but it seemed like it would mean something more active, so the semantics didn’t make sense. I liked the gust of wind origin better!
This word actually was prompted by a dream where I was going to come up with a word and was distressed to realize that I had forgotten the right future tense for Beldreni while dreaming. 😀 The verb I thought of in the dream for ‘fall in love’ was no good, though, but after waking up I had a new incentive to think of something better!
Ooooh, this is pretty and it’s great to have a specific word for it!
Thank you very much!
I also realized at the same time I hadn’t been thorough in the conjugation scheme for all declinations. Fixed now!