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Discussion of "mufspe"
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Comment #5: Re: mu'e speni?
Arnt Richard Johansen (Wed Oct 15 14:25:31 2003)

xorxes wrote:
> arj wrote:
> > xorxes wrote:
> > > Is mufspe meant to be mu'e speni?
> > >
> > > Isn't this a marriage rather than a bride or groom?
> >
> > Actually it means "the instant of being married", so it's a rather bad
> > word. But I'll edit it to "marriage" anyway.
>
> It's the marriage considered as a whole, as opposed to considering it a
> process, activity or state.

All right. But do you think the one(s) who coined this word thought of
that? I don't remember where I got it from, but I think it might be a
helsemism.

> The instant of becoming married would be mu'e
> spebi'o
. Probably pu'u spebi'o for the wedding, and the bride and
groom
> would be the ca'o spebi'o. co'a speni is perhaps more like
"newlywed".

I'm hesitating between coining a compound tense word for "bride" and
"groom", or leaving it out of the dictionary altogether.

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