Wordy Wednesday: Modes of Transportation II

Let’s finish last week’s Wordy Wednesday topic off today!

  • lidot : to fly conjugate me»

    Interestingly, one of the most popular restaurant chains in Latvia is named Lido. I’m told there’s no relation, however.

  • lidosta : airport decline me»

    Yep, built from lidot, a lidosta is a place for flying. There is a Lido in Rīgas lidosta!

  • taksometrs : taxi, cab decline me»

    From how this one is built, I wonder if the word “taxi” was brought over and combined with the “meter” that runs inside of it to illustrate that this form of travel is metered by time and distance rather than how everything else works.

  • zebra : zebra, coll. crosswalk decline me»

    How cute is that? I think this is probably from British slang, since we don’t use it here in America. We ought to, it’s a fun way to refer to crosswalks. The crosswalks do somewhat look like zebra stripes, after all.

  • ietve : sidewalk decline me»

    The iet you see is the infinitive for “to go” and the word is structured around it. Essentially a sidewalk is a place you go or walk.

  • gājējs : pedestrian decline me»

    All the js make this one a pain to type. A pedestrian is a “going person” – there isn’t a specific verb for “to walk”, instead it’s classed as “to go” as you can see in the related word for sidewalk. My husband tells me that he thinks the past tense of iet is used because the present would make it sound terrible. Iejējs? Ugh, talk about hard to say.

lidot, 2. konj. (long)
tag. lidoju, lido, lido, lidojam, lidojat
pag.lidoju, lidoji, lidoja, lidojām, lidojāt
nak.lidošu, lidosi, lidos, lidosim, lidosiet / lidosit
pav. lido, lidojietPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
lidosta, f, 4. dekl.
vsk.: lidosta, lidostas, lidostai, lidostu, ar lidostu, lidostā
dsk.: lidostas, lidostu, lidostām, lidostas, ar lidostām, lidostāsPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
taksometrs, m, 1. dekl.
vsk.: taksometrs, taksometra, taksometram, taksometru, ar taksometru, taksometrā
dsk.: taksometri, taksometru, taksometriem, taksometrus, ar taksometriem, taksometros Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
zebra, f, 4. dekl.
vsk.: zebra, zebras, zebrai, zebru, ar zebru, zebrā
dsk.: zebras, zebru, zebrām, zebras, ar zebrām, zebrāsPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
ietve, f, 5. dekl.
vsk.: ietve, ietves, ietvei, ietvi, ar ietvi, ietvē
dsk.: ietves, ietvju, ietvēm, ietves, ar ietvēm, ietvēsPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
gājējs, m, 1. dekl.
vsk.: gājējs, gājēja, gājējam, gājēju, ar gājēju, gājējā
dsk.: gājēji, gājēju, gājējiem, gājējus, ar gājējiem, gājējosPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
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