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Jun. 13th, 2006 | 07:03 pm
posted by: shar_gaz in sumerianwotd

Today's Sumerian word of the day is ud (pronounced "ood"), a sign with a couple of different meanings. It looks like this:



This is the sign that, when preceded by the divine determinative, stands for the god Utu, who is the sun god (also the god of justice, divination, etc). It also means the sun itself, and by extension "day", "time", and the preposition "when". The sign can also be read "babbar", which means "white" (you can see how that's connected to its meaning of "sun"), and as babbar is part of the very common compound word kug-babbar, which means "silver". It's also a sign that appears in a lot of place names and other compound words.

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Lucy Kemnitzer

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from: ritaxis
date: Jun. 13th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
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This is a good day when there's a new Sumerian word of the day!

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Taro

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from: mother2012
date: Jun. 14th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
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Thank you! What a good description.

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beccaelizabeth

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from: beccaelizabeth
date: Jun. 14th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
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There was just now a Doctor Who semi-villain called the Ood.
Now I can write it in Sumerian?
Cool.

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yarrow

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from: yarrowkat
date: Jun. 14th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
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i am so glad you're doing this again! it's a treat to find new sumerian words on my friend's page. :) thank you!

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Andrew Zang

Babbar

from: Andrew Zang
date: Oct. 25th, 2015 06:47 am (UTC)
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I know that the sumerians are not of white origin racially could it be where the modern English word barbarian comes from?

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