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Mar. 4th, 2019 | 07:43 am

And we're back again with our fifth week of words learned from playing Word With Friends in solo mode, or WTF WWF 5 -- this time focusing on short words:


ulu (OO-loo) or ulo (OO-loh) - n., an all-purpose knife used by Eskimo-Aleut women with a broad rounded blade joined to a short haft centered on the unsharpened side.


An Alaskan ulu
Thanks, WikiMedia!

So ranging across the American arctic, by the Yup'ik, Inuit, and Aleut peoples often inappropriately grouped as Eskimo. Traditionally used for, well, just about everything, from as skinning animals, cutting hair or food, as a weapon, or trimming blocks of ice/snow. English seems to have gotten the name specifically from either Inuktitut or Inupik, two closely related Iniut languages, but the name is broadly similar across the region.

(Of course, if you HAVE two Us, you're likely to be holding on to one for use with a Q, but it's still worth remembering.)

---L.

Crossposts: https://prettygoodword.dreamwidth.org/760135.html
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