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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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from: cavalaxis
date: Apr. 14th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)

Could this possibly be related to the city of Ur in Iraq?

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from: notthebuddha
date: Apr. 14th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)

One and the same. Ur is the Ur-city, as it were.

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from: shar_gaz
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)

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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