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ui

Etymology: Edit

from Proto-Azerbairighauni *uei "people, society; (between) us/ourselves; together, united, affiliated"

nounEdit

  1. interpersonal togetherness, relationship, amity
  2. (collective, quasisingular) (family and) friends; a social group consisting of family and close friends, especially those who share a jzai and provide nurture (aurwai), defense, and support to each other
  3. (collective, quasisingular, proscribed) ethnic group, nation
  4. the people, society; a united community of persons
  5. the human race or the spiritual race, the macrospecies of all sapient, sentient, and intellectual beings
ExamplesEdit
  • Ui Amerigka people of America, Americans
  • Ui adurzaits. Humanity kills/is killing itself. 
Usage notes Edit

The word ui refers to a tightknit, intimate group of persons who know each other well and engage in ongoing relations with each other. Due to the general meaning of "together", some have extended this word to refer to ethnic groups because they are considered to be united by a common identity; however, the Rhajazekaisivar deems this usage improper because an ethnic group is more imagined than real, that is, members of such a group do not know all other members of the group and are thus not "together" in the true sense of the word.

pronounEdit

  1. (inclusive, if listener/reader is of same ui; exclusive if ankwu) we: you and I; he/she/they and I 
  2. (between) us, (amongst) ourselves, you and I/you and me 
ExamplesEdit
  • Ui amichiyisshi. We love each other.
  • Zeke ui! (May) peace be between us!

Detailed Notes Edit

The ancient Kanjei and Uae believed in something they called ui. It is often translated “society” or “community” but has a much deeper meaning. Ui denotes a form of “interpersonal togetherness”, a “unity” or “being together”, not necessarily in the sense of emotional liking or friendship but rather a common bond based on mutual respect, concern for well-being, and reciprocal genuine interest in the lives of one another. It forms the base of phrases such as ui zue hazai (“I support you, defend you”, literally, together to-you help-I), ui umyar arfeli (“a family stays together”), and zeke ui! (“[may] peace [be] between us (together)”). Because of its affiliative meaning, ui has come to mean “family” (galpi uiye “I love my family”; uiuae yalawe “in our family, we talk to each other”), “friends” (uxra uieje “we are friends with each other”; ui zvmoepei “we are becoming friends”), “ethnic group” (ui yajuda “the Jews, Jewish people, Jewish ethnicity”; ui yaamirik “the Americans, American people, American nationality”), and “village” (efi e ui “I am a member of a village”). 

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