a lojban dictionary editing system

Get A Printable Dictionary
Search Best Words
Recent Changes
How You Can Help
valsi - All
valsi - Preferred Only
natlang - All
natlang - Preferred Only
XML Export
user Listing
Report Bugs
Admin Request
Create Account
Discussion of "dapma"
[parent] [root]
Comment #2: Re: What to do...
Curtis W Franks (Fri May 29 16:37:43 2015)

spheniscine wrote:
> Alternatively we could just create a new gismu that means the opposite.
> not sure dapma can lose all its negative connotations now; the negative

> connotations have already been translated into so many languages, it is
> even in the Lojban definition "the noi mabla" bit.
> For the English definition to the counterpart I would write:
> "x1 blesses/well-wishes x2 with/into fate x3"

I do think that a neutral definition is good to have too. Something along
the lines of "x1 wills/dictates x2 into fate/outcome/(life-)path x3".

For the positive definition, "well-wishes" seems somewhat weak. Maybe
"endows/gifts"? That way, it still sounds positive, but it is guaranteed
(which, for a curse, it presumably is expected to be). I would also add
"/destiny" right after "fate", in order to connote positively.

But I agree. This definition is inherently negative in the English
interpretation and we need more words while specifying this usage more

Currently, jbovlaste will accept data for 69 languages.
You are not logged in.

  recent changes jbovlaste main
This is jbovlaste, the lojban dictionary system.
The main code was last changed on Wed 07 Oct 2020 05:54:55 PM PDT.
All content is public domain. By submitting content, you agree to place it in the public domain to the fullest extent allowed by local law.
jbovlaste is an official project of the logical language group, and is now headed by Robin Lee Powell.
E-mail him if you have any questions.
care to log in?