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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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hell yeah, I'm the motherfuckin' princess

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from: havenstar
date: Jul. 20th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)

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)

Oh, thanks for the headsup!

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