January 13, 2012


’od zer:

What may be the etymology of ’od zer “ray of light”? Most probably “light-nail” or “light-spike.” It is also spelt as ’od gzer (Jäschke 1881: s.v. gzer). In addition gzer in lcags gzer “iron-nail,” nyi/zla gzer “sun/moon rays,” so gzer (“tooth-ache”), gzer ba (verb) meaning “to into bore” and “to feel pain” seem somehow all related: (a) experience of pain (e.g. mgo gzer), (b) the instrument of pain (e.g. lcags/shing gzer), and (c) the act of inflicting pain.    

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