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Analysis[edit | edit source]
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Translations[edit | edit source]
This section attempts to provide a Geisterspeak/English "dictionary". All suggested translations are included below, even mutually incompatible ones, until a clear consensus emerges.
|(none)||actor||, , They may not have a word for "actor" if they have to use the lingua europa for it.|
|akaplee||find||After the death of her giant spider, Bwoosee, Eotain tells her new mount, Pojee, to "Akaplee Shrdlu!"|
|bo||yes, good||, Shurdlu confirms a statement made by Eotain using this word.|
|boh||Possibly the same as "bo." After the death of her giant spider, Bwoosee, Eotain cries out "Ni boh! Ni boh yuffo sweg!"|
|cheeb||1: clown; circus
2: think; believe
|, , The word comes up when the Geisterdamen think Agatha is the child and then again when they realize that they were wrong and that she's an actress|
|chek voy||1: hang on
2: we will avenge you
|After Shurdlu is hit by a poison dart, the other Geisterdamen shout "Chek voy, Shurdlu!" as they shake their weapons in the air.|
|eve||and||The Geisterdamen appear to describe Agatha and Lars as "Za niktik eve za gwoon" when they meet them in the forest, possibly meaning "the girl and the boy."|
|fig||think, figure, suppose?||, - it sounds similar, but fits nicely. "su fig" would be simply "You think?". "na fig" might be "he thinks."|
|fleepin||(expletive)||Said, apparently in disgust, about the "actors" as the Geisterdamen were leaving Agatha and Lars.|
|gwoon||boy||The Geisterdamen appear to describe Agatha and Lars as "Za niktik eve za gwoon" when they meet them in the forest, possibly meaning "the girl and the boy."|
|hic||why||One of the Geisterdamen asks "Hic moc?" and apparently means "Why not?"|
|hif ni||1a: let's go; onwards; go on 1b:let´s move on; get out of the way||Ognian in combat. In the contexts provided, may mean "let´s move on" and "get out of the way", respectively., Expletive/challenge, battle-cry. When the Geisterdamen on spiders turn away from Agatha and Lars, one of Eotain and Shurdlu to the other; same on another occasion. A Geister to|
|hokka||what||Used both as an interjection of some sort of surprise and again immediately afterwards as the leading word of a phrase in reaction to something.|
|lim, vakk||Two names?||V/82 - it looks as if Vrin is merely calling two names instead of giving a command. Two sentences, one word each.|
|kima (kimaaaaa)||cute||Exclamation from Eotain or Shurdlu on; her sister is less impressed. Analagous to the Japanese kawaii.|
|klazma||lady, high priestess||Lady Vrin as "Klazma Vrin.", The other Geisterdamen address|
|medok||enough; knock it off||Vrin stops some nattering by Eotain and Shurdlu.|
|moc||not||"Hic moc?!" may mean "Why not?!"|
|na||he||- IF it's an article, the third bubble from Vrin might be translated as "He (Aaronev) thinks she (Agatha) is the child/the mistress/whatever".|
|ni||1: onwards; forwards
2: do it (imperative)
|Derived from hif ni and tokka-ni.|
|nibo||1: an expletive
2: all right; okay
3: not alright; not okay
|A Geisterdame says this when another smacks her on the back of the head.|
|niktik||girl||, The Geisterdamen appear to describe Agatha and Lars as "Za niktik eve za gwoon" when they meet them in the forest, possibly meaning "the girl and the boy." They use the word "niktik" again when they recognize Agatha in the dungeon.|
|nobla tif||greetings; good evening||Lady Vrin uses the phrase to greet the other Geisterdamen.|
|obongs||wagons (?)||Part of the evidence listed by one of the Geisterdamen to explain why she thinks Agatha and Lars are actors.|
|obuk voppel?||Question asked when Klazma Vrin shows up in the dungeon with Agatha.|
|Rezzok tig-zaffa or Rezzoktig-zaffa||"Mutual brain death"||Zola uses this phrase when Lucrezia talks about a brain transfer.|
|seg||? some sort of article? pronoun?||,|
|smagga du bokk||an expletive||Exclaimed by Velix after hearing some. The first word might be a variant of smanga, perhaps the imperative.|
|smanga||mangle; smash; destroy|
|sona||sister||Vrin addresses Eotain and Shurdlu (separately) with this prefix when reunited with them in the dungeons.|
|teg niv||negative (or "I can't see," "I can't tell")||Said in response to a question.|
|tik||machine; clock; mechanism||Derived from tik tik. Probably first was used, by onomatopoeia, to refer to a clock, then by extension to any complicated mechanism.|
|tik tik||1: clank; automaton 2: clock; mechanism||Vrin referring to Tinka. Can be applied to an automaton such as Tinka, but can be suspected not to be an accurate or specific term for automata or clanks.|
|tikka||1: Construct 2: borg||A Geister referring to Anevka Sturmvoraus.|
|tokkah||strike; attack||Derived from tokkah-ni; compare Skiff "tok"|
|twerlik||mistress (a name or title of the "holy child" sought by the geisterdamen)||, , - possible dialogue on first page: "Mistress?" "You think?", which second page would continue with Geisterdame 1 explaining that it's not the Mistress and the people are only actors.|
|unat plin||"holy child"(?)||A Geisterdame points towards Agatha repeating "unat plin?" as if to clarify that she(Agatha) is supposed to be ???|
|vedik||?||One of the crucial words when the Geisterdamen come across Lars and Agatha in the meadow.|
|vo||(definite article)||Voco, voca, volla appear to modify cheeb in tense or plural.|
|voca||1: that (past tense)
2: I do
|One of the Geisterdamen exclaims "Ya! Voca cheeb!"|
|voco||1: that (present tense)
2: do you
|One of the Geisterdamen asks another "Zo - voco cheeb?"|
|vok||the (?)||Used in the context of "Hokka? Hokka vok smek!", "hokka" being "what" and "smek" being a curse or a reference to the Jaeger version of the word "smack".|
|volla||1: those (past tense)
2: would you
|Used with cheeb by the Geisterdamen in the dungeon.|
|za||the (?)/that (?)||
, Sentences like "Za niktik eve za gwoon" make it sound like the translation of "za" must be "the." But "za!" is also used as a standalone exclamation, which wouldn't make sense with that definition. "That" would make more sense as it could mean "that (thing/person)" with the subject of the exclamation being implied by the context. As "zo" seems to mean "her" something like "ze" could mean "him".
|zenga!||?||The word is used as an exclamation when Agatha goes into the dungeon.|
|, , When Shurdlu (?) jerks her thumb in Agatha's direction and says "Zo?" she seems to be clearly asking "Her?" about Agatha. If the language has male & female nouns, za and zo may be the male and female forms of the definite article ("the").|
|zodeh||?||Spoken by Shurdlu right after she strikes down Zeetha.|
|zoy!||oy!; hey!; look!||Agatha.Eotain and Shurdlu interject this on occasion, particularly when they notice|
Possibly Relevant Outside Information[edit | edit source]
The names Eotain and Shurdlu are derived from etaoin shrdlu, the letters on the first two columns of a Linotype machine keyboard.
The word "vocca" appears What's New with Phil and Dixie" apparently with the meaning "attacks"., in a page from the comic "
A suggested translation[edit | edit source]
The scene: Agatha and Lars were acting out a scene from the Heterodyne Boys when the Spider Riders show up:
Lars: Say, you're pretty good! Agatha: Really? I never... I mean... so that's acting? Agatha: Lars? Lars: (whisper) shhhhh! Lars: (whisper) geisterdamen.
Rider 1: Twerlik?
Rider 2: Su Fig?
- You figure?
Rider 1: Klibber meenak seg ni plostok vedik kliz moc twerlic?
- .... very much sounds like mistress?
Rider 2: Zo-- zo flooda vedik.
- Yeah yeah greatly like.
Rider 1: Botcha hey za vedik moc, nodok.
- Betcha what they very sound like, no doubt.
(we don't see which riders are saying what in the next scene)
Rider 1?: Za niktik eve za gwoon.
- They're nothing even close they're goons.
Rider 2?: Hic moc?
- What you say?
Rider 2: Zo-- voco cheeb? Kloopa. Obongs. Set ve? Za "Actors."
- So-- your child? Clowns. Buffoons. See them. They're actors.
Rider 1: "Actors?!"
Rider 1: Woge-ze fleepin bo "actors," bin?
- What the hey. Fleepin' both actors are they?
Rider 2: Yan doh ip za cheeb.
- Far from being the child.
Rider 1: Hif ni!
- Let's be going.
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See also[edit | edit source]
It has been suggested Geisterspeak and Skiff may be the same language or closely related languages.