kisalex (kisalex) wrote,

рыдал, нет, улюлюкал.

Этимология слова "улюлюкать". Женщины в чёрном улюлюкали по покойнику. Покойник готов был провалиться сквозь землю.

The Word of the Day for Feb 16 is:

ululate \ULL-yuh-layt\ verb

: howl, wail

Еxample sentence:
"People waved, ululated and punched the air with their fists, not bothered if those inside the motorcade were responding or even paying attention to the excitement outside." (Africa News, November 2004)

Did you know?
"When other birds are still, the screech owls take up the strain, like mourning women their ancient u-lu-lu." When Henry David Thoreau used "u-lu-lu" to imitate the cry of screech owls and mourning women in that particular passage from his book Walden, he was re-enacting the etymology of "ululate" (a word he likely knew). "Ululate" descends from the Latin verb "ululare." That Latin root carried the same meaning as our modern English word, and it likely originated in the echoes of the rhythmic wailing sound associated with it. Even today, "ululate" often refers to ritualistic or expressive wailing performed at times of mourning or celebration or to show approval.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.


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