This word has a curious history. It is related to the stem -ālm- which means across. The word for bridge was originally jālmīke, derived from -ālm- and the suffix for made things -īk-. However, there is a prefix āl- which is an augmentative prefix, and so jālmīke came to be reanalyzed as ‘large’ + -mīk-, which came to mean bridge.
la jamīki nā sū þō jamāonre mē;
There are many bridges in this city.
4 Replies to “jamīka”
very neat-looking bridges.
ps: Happy Birthday.
I’m so jealous.
Not of your callow youth, of your trip to Oz
Cool etymology; awesome bridges!
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