copulate, masturbate, misbehave, rape, sodomize? [verb]
So I was looking through my dictionary while writing the “thy buttocks” post, and this word happened. Couldn’t resist sharing.
Pronunciation: That “A” (the vulture) is thought to stand for a glottal stop as in the Arabic letter Aleph, or an “R” sound pretty much like the English “R”. The “d” is the same as an English “D”.
The ejaculating penis is silent. The symbols placed at the end of a word are often used to clarify the meaning and aren’t meant to be pronounced. For example:
All four of these words are pronounced iH, with a voiceless uvular fricative “H” sound. The first means “to cry”, the second “pleasant aroma”, the third “to move/go somewhere”, and the fourth “bull/oxen/cattle/herds”. Pretty straightforward, right?
On its own, by the way, that penis is pronounced Hnn. That’s henen, same H sound as above. And it means, well, penis.
Isn’t this language amazing? The use of ideograms to differentiate homophones reminds me a lot of some radicals in Japanese kanji that will influence the meaning of the character but not be linked to its pronunciation.