Lexember 2

I’m participating in this year’s Lexember, a month-long event where conlangers coin at least one new word in a made-up language for each day of December. I’m working on Abul, the language of the Blemmies, a monstrous race from late antiquity.

Today’s word is uveš [u.’veʃ], ‘tumor, head.’ According to the writings of Pliny and others, the Blemmies are remarkable for being headless, with their faces on their chests. As such, the Blemmies consider people’s heads to be tumors.

Joseph Pentangelo

About Joseph Pentangelo

I’m a fourth-year doctoral student in linguistics. Research interests include morphology, etymology, onomastics, historical linguistics, Germanic, early modern English and Anglo-American witchcraft, and folklore.

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