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Apr. 11th, 2004 | 11:26 pm
posted by: shar_gaz in sumerianwotd

Today's Sumerian word is "nin", which means "lady, mistress, queen". You can see how one of the parts of the sign is the sign "munus", which means "woman".

This sign is often part of divine names. However, oddly, sometimes it is part of the name of male gods, such as Ningirsu or Ningišzida. (In these names, we translate it "lord".) This has led to speculation that these gods were in fact originally goddesses.

Nin is pronounced like the first syllable of the English word "ninny", and it looks like this:

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from: ludditerobot
date: Apr. 12th, 2004 06:47 am (UTC)
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Why am I suddenly imagining a Nine Inch Nails cover?

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A carbonated fusion beverage!

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from: swmbo
date: Apr. 12th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
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2nd cat's name will involve this. I KNOW it.

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from: moireach
date: Apr. 15th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC)
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Holy shit, man, I just realized this is my NAME. (Well, it means the same thing, "lady".) I know my name in Sumerian, woot!

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