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Antipodean travelogue through the eyes of two - one textile and one building lover. It'll be hard to differentiate the two!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Firns, Fronds & Friands

I always find it interesting to come across new words or animals etc. I had never heard of before so I decided to amuse myself the other day and write down all the words that I have learned since we started traveling. (Well we don't have a TV!) I thought it might be informative in some way although I am not so sure how!

Here is a random list of words and names of animals etc. (animal names and wine varieties begin with a capital letter) I have learned in the last year.

Cassowary, lahar, friand, neve, Tuatara, Weta, tramping, rock/ glacial flour, hoar frost, coffee rock, Feijoa, Korfball, firn, Kauri trees, petrified (as in forests), Kaka, Kea, snapper, Pukeko, Baramundi, paw paw, trichloroanisole (TCA), tartaric acid, Voignier, Petit Verdot, Gewurztraminer, Muller Thurgau, Clarets, sulphide reduction.

And out of curiosity here are some Maori words I have learned.

Haka, waka, utu, iwi, mana, poi, tikanga, wahine, tapu, aroha, ea, noa, hakari, hongi, hangi, pa, kapa haka, whare, kumara, marae, moko, powhiri, roto, rua, rahui, take, tekoteko, tiki, wero, whakapapa, whanau, kaka, pakeha, haere mai and of course the kiwi!

I am sure there are others but thats all I can think of for now.

I wonder which words can be used in scrabble. I know pa, a Maori fortified village, is allowable!


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  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger EnnaVic said…

    Apart from colours (I'm betting you'll know some of those - eg. kowhai) and numbers 1-10 my kids' favourite Maori words are kai and puku. Funny that *chuckle*


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