[tlhIngan Hol] moon ph(r)ases, new adverbial {loQHa'}

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Sat May 28 18:58:34 PDT 2022

On 5/28/2022 9:25 PM, De'vID wrote:
> The lunar phases were not all named at once, but at different points 
> in history.

The English terms /full moon/ and /new moon/ go way back, to Old English 
and perhaps beyond. The others began to be used in English in about the 
15th century.

> Then the "crescent moon" is named for its shape (but whether it's a 
> "sickle" [Sichel in German] or an "eyebrow" [眉 in Chinese] or 
> something else is arbitrary).

The word /crescent/ being used here isn't arbitrary. It comes from Latin 
/luna crescens,/ where it meant "waxing moon." The Latin word that 
became /crescent/ originally meant to get bigger (compare /crescendo/), 
to wax. Linking the word /crescent/ to a shape came later because it was 
being used of the moon. So the term /crescent moon/ doesn't come from 
its shape; the name of the shape comes from the waxing moon.

All of these terms have histories and reasons for being the way they 
are. Having diverse sources isn't arbitrariness.

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