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Vosan Figurative Language
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A collection of idioms, proverbs, and slang I've come up with
This public article was written by astrangemann, and last updated on 29 Jul 2021, 21:45.

[comments] Introduction

Ever since this language's conception, I've been finding my way around figurative conlanguage, and here's a display of that in this little article.

FYI: Text in dark red is the text as directly translated into English, and text in dark blue is what it means figuratively.

Idioms

Er masar gåspa er ånûvim
Er masar gåspa er ånûvim

DEFDefinite
"the"
.ANAnimate (gender/class)
alive, moving
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
prince.NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
follow-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
DEFDefinite
"the"
.ANAnimate (gender/class)
alive, moving
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
peasant-ACCAccusative (case)
TRANS direct object; patient
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity

The prince follows the peasant
Things will look ugly before they look good

Vizå zeêm
Vizå zeêm

talk-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
mask-INSTInstrument (gender/class)
tool, machine
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity

He/she/they speak through a mask
He/she/they is being sarcastic

Buûs rizosta vi masto
Ves bus rizosta vi masto

2SSecond person singular (person)
addressee (you)
.NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
can-2Second person (person)
addressee (you)
.NPSTNon-past (tense)
present, continuous and future
break-INFInfinitive (TAM)
non-tensed verb
all wall-ACCAccusative (case)
TRANS direct object; patient
.PLPlural (number)
more than one/few

You can break all walls
Everything seems impossible until you do it

Zo rigo bamå aþem
Zo rigo bamå aṣem

CONTContinuative (tense/aspect)
continuous or durational action
burn-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
black that_which-ACCAccusative (case)
TRANS direct object; patient
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity

He/she/they burns that which is black
He/she/they is contributing meaninglessly; they're beating a dead horse

Some of these idioms have opposites, like this next one.

Tena zur esâ
Tena zur esâ

live-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
DEFDefinite
"the"
.INANInanimate (gender/class)
inanimate, sessile
ash-LOCLocative (case)
'in, on, at' etc
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity

He/she/they lives in the ash
He/she/they is stuck in the past

Tena ger vaâ
Tena ger vaâ

live-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
DEFDefinite
"the"
.ANAnimate (gender/class)
alive, moving
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
fire-LOCLocative (case)
'in, on, at' etc
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity

He/she/they lives in the fire
He/she/they lives in the moment

Ar ta a cen co vi eva
Ar ta a cen co vi eva

3AThird person animate (person)
he/she/they, not it
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
.NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
be-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
INDFIndefinite
a nonspecific referent
anyone look-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
and hear-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current

He/she/they is someone that looks and hears
He/she/they don't try to understand

Ar ta a cen þila vi udê
Ar ta a cen ṣila vi udê

3AThird person animate (person)
he/she/they, not it
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
.NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
be-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
INDFIndefinite
a nonspecific referent
anyone see-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
and listen-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current

He/she/they is someone that sees and listens
He/she/they is understanding

Ta er ane tasam
Ta er ane tasam

be-3Third person (person)
neither speaker nor addressee
.PRESPresent tense (tense)
current
DEFDefinite
"the"
.ANAnimate (gender/class)
alive, moving
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
new prophet-ACCAccusative (case)
TRANS direct object; patient
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity

He/she/they is the new prophet
What he/she/they said became true (think of "speak of the devil")

gir uas
gir uas

invisible fist
grudge

zur ûser keroô
zur ûser keroô

DEFDefinite
"the"
.INANInanimate (gender/class)
inanimate, sessile
crack egg-LOCLocative (case)
'in, on, at' etc
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity

the crack in the egg
the catalyst

gac as
gac as

mind-GENGenitive (case)
possessive
.SGSingular (number)
one countable entity
rope
mind's rope
line of reasoning (think of "train of thought")

Idiomatic Words

bavana
bavana

to pay fire
to boycott

zeîcam
zeîcam

mask language
sarcasm

gaûri
gaûri

low fruit
opportunity

inspired by @Siblaime's own figurative language article, found here.
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