Hi friends, and happy belated Easter! Today’s words of the day are another two common Wenja words: ‘bird’ and ‘egg’.
You’ll see the word for ‘bird’ a lot in Oros. Think back to the first scene where you meet Urki : Ku shawi warha? U Urkiyi shwada kwati patashta! “Bird speaks? Tell Urki how you fly!” (Note the ku & u sentence starters!)
If you look closely at the word for ‘egg’, shawya, you’ll see that it’s basically identical to the word for ‘bird’. This, of course, is not a coincidence. An ‘egg’ is both literally and grammatically ‘that which comes from a bird’.
Both of these words have an impeccable Indo-European pedigree. The word for ‘bird’, *h₂awi-, is the source of words like avi-ation and avi-ary (< Latin avis ‘bird’). We also see this root in Sanskrit viḥ ‘bird’ as well as Greek aietós ‘eagle’. English ‘egg’, from PIE *h₂owyom, is related to words like Latin ovum (think ovu-late, etc.), Greek ōón, and Old Church Slavonic aja. If you’re wondering about the initial sh- in Wenja — PIE *h₂ (likely the Darth Vader sound, a voiceless pharyngeal or uvular fricative) regularly becomes sh in Wenja.