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Apr. 14th, 2004 | 12:28 am
posted by: shar_gaz in sumerianwotd

Today's Sumerian word is "uru", which means "city" or "town".

"uru" is the traditional reading of the sign, but more recently Sumerologists have begun writing it "iri", as a more accurate transcription of how it would have sounded. ("uru" is pronounced "oo-roo" and "iri" like the English word "eerie".) My professor is of the opinion that in fact the vowels there were a sort of rounded 'i', a sound between 'i' and 'u', similar to a German umlaut sound.

And I am not describing that very well, but it's late and I'm tired.

Uru looks like this:

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sad side of normal

it's official.

from: fosfomifira
date: Apr. 13th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
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today I had to answer a survey in my university about certain classes and studying habits, among other things. one of the questions said: "are you taking following any long-distance (namely, not physical presence - I'm brain dead today) classes?". I said yes, on the internet. I'm afraid that whoever gets to review my answers and reads "Sumerian" on my answer sheet will think that I have a very, very twisted sense of humor. But it counts, right?

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shar_gaz

Re: it's official.

from: shar_gaz
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Um... well, this community isn't intended to be any kind of official course type thing. It's just for fun.

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sad side of normal

Re: it's official.

from: fosfomifira
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I know, I know. But I need to use my sense of humor if I'm to survive the chaos that is my university. Not to mention that this is actually more organized than some of the classes I've taken, for real.

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~ c a v a l a x i s ~

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from: cavalaxis
date: Apr. 14th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)
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Could this possibly be related to the city of Ur in Iraq?

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Moral Explorer

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from: notthebuddha
date: Apr. 14th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
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One and the same. Ur is the Ur-city, as it were.

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shar_gaz

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from: shar_gaz
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Ur is a Sumerian city and it's possible that the name is related to this word, but it's such an ancient city and ancient name that it's impossible to be sure of its etymology. One of those things that can't be proven either way.

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Steve

Still in use today

from: akicif
date: Jan. 13th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
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Well, there's Edinb-uru, Loughb-uru....

[sorry]

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hell yeah, I'm the motherfuckin' princess

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from: havenstar
date: Jul. 20th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
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Hi! Just discovered this blog tonight, and completely love it. um, I will admit I am likely to use these for doodling on myself, too. hee.

Wanted to mention that for this post, you left off the second u and linked to the image for ur instead of uru- which confused me hugely for like two full minutes, because clearly Sumerian is best attempted at less absurd hours...

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from: shar_gaz
date: Jul. 20th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thanks for the headsup!

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UR

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 24th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
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In India many cities and a hge/huge number of villages have names that end with 'pur' or 'puri'.

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