Today’s topic is… Shelter
The basic unit of shelter is vil, but this is used almost exclusively for what we might call a shack, although vol, to house (or be housed) is still used for almost any case involving giving someone a place to live.
Tiltek is a rock shelter, originally, but now means a sturdy or comfortable shelter.
Tik – rock.
tek – rocklike
vel – houselike –> cozy.
There is no word til, but there is a syllable til, and its structure is very similar to the symbol for vil.
kwiv is a resting-place and thus kwov is to sleep and kwev is restful.
The resting places are, in the Vil, often made of yithken leaves, the yithken tree being very fluffy.
yith, it is believed, was originally a word that just meant fluff, but that meaning is no longer used. (ken is one of those modifiers for which there is no appropriate noun – TALL; kon, to en-tallen).
However, yeth, fluffy, is used in situations which most often mean soft now.
Yithken leaves, especially over a base of something else springy, make a suitable resting-place, and are easy to get. Better beds are made from woven vines or ropes on a wooden frame, the yithken leaves inside a cloth mattress.