A Convoluted Etymology: Lexember Day 11

Rook
/ro͞ok/
noun; plural noun rookte, rookbe, rookne

Family group, tribe.

Collective plural Rookbe is a convocation of all the tribes in an area.

Kozh
/kōzh/
noun; plural noun kozhete, kozhebe, kozhene

When two like things intersect or encounter each other.

-lel
/lel/
adjective

Peaceful.

-gut
/ɡət/
adjective

Violent.

-laizh
/līzh/
adjective

Profitable, with gain

tap
/tap/
verb

To go, in the sense of travel


All right, if you put these words together, you get two sorts of meetings of two tribes: peaceful and violent, kozhrooklel, kozhrookgut.

From kozhrooklel and -laizh we get the idea of trading, a profitable pleasant meeting: kozhrooklellaizh, which over time became kozellaiz, trade.

From Kozellaiz and tap came tapkozhzellaizh, Go to trade, which became tapzellaizh and from that, over a long time, came tappaizh /tap ‘īzh/, from “go to a peaceful, profitable gathering of tribes” to “road”, the thing on which you go to those tribes.

Phew!

(And all this because [personal profile] anke wanted words for giving or getting directions…)

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