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Jel is the native language of the Argonians. Unlike other modern Tamrielic languages, which all devolve from Ehlnofex, Jel originates from the ancient and intelligent Hist trees of Black Marsh. The Argonian Mere-Glim claimed that Jel was the "closest speech to thought", and that other races could not pronounce it well enough to freely converse with it.[1] Nevertheless, Annaïg Hoïnart, a Breton, was able to learn enough Jel words to create a sort of pidgin language to converse with Mere-Glim.[1]

The unintelligibility of Jel to other races is satirically alluded to in The Madness of Pelagius: "It was said that when the Argonian ambassador from Blackrose came to court, Pelagius insisted on speaking in all grunts and squeaks, as that was the Argonian's natural language."

Jel and Time[edit]

"Mere-Glim wondered what would happen if he died. It was generally believed that Argonians had been given their souls by the Hist, and when one died, one's soul returned to them, to be incarnated once more. That seemed reasonable enough, under ordinary circumstances. In the deepest parts of his dreams or profound thinking were images, scents, tastes that the part of him that was sentient could not remember experiencing. The concept the Imperials called "time" did not even have a word in his native language. In fact, the hardest part of learning the language of the Imperials was that they made their verbs different to indicate when something happened, as if the most important thing in the world was to establish a linear sequence of events, as if doing so somehow explained things better than holistic apprehension."The Infernal City

Unlike other languages, Jel is unique in the fact that it boasts no time-specific variations of verbs, as Argonians – or at least the more traditionalist individuals – view all of life from birth to death as a single moment. To them, time is an illusion established to create a linear version of events and is therefore considered a limited way of perceiving reality. In fact, the hardest challenge for Argonians learning other languages is getting used to the presence of past-tense and future-tense verbs.[1]

Jel Dictionary[edit]

A[edit]

Ajum
A woven tray with a netted lid, used e.g. for serving food[2]
Alten
Possibly "port", judging by its inclusion in Alten Corimont and Alten Meerhleel
Aojee-sakka
An exquisite soup, possibly lethal if eaten in the wrong manner[2]

B[edit]

Beek-ojel
"Friend-outsider"[3]
Beeko
"Friend", sometimes used sarcastically[3]
Bijum[4]
Bok
"Bowl"[3]
Bok-Xul
"Bowl of Death"[5]
Buseek[6]

C[edit]

Chukka-sei
A trial of maturation, upon completion of which, Argonians are considered to have come of age[7]

D[edit]

Daril
A name for a drug, literally "seeing everything in ecstasy"[1]
Deek
"Young", "sapling"[7]
Deek-beeko[3]
Deelith
"Teacher", literally "one who passes wisdom to another"[3]
Delaw[6]
Dimik
"Vivid"[8]
Dooka
"Mature" or "adult"[7]

E[edit]

Eenu[9]

F[edit]

Fek
"Plant"[10]

G[edit]

Gah
Basket
Gee-Rusleel
The 'Miredancers', a tribe of Murkmire[11]
Geel
Greel
"Enemy", used mostly for hostile creatures or outsiders[3]
Gulvo
Gulweet

H[edit]

Haj
"Hidden", or "hides"[3]
Haj-Ei
Translates into "Hides-His-Eyes", an Argonian name[12]
Haj mota
"Hidden Hunter", based on meanings of "haj" and "mota"
Hej
"Vaporous", as taken from its use in "hejsetha thtithik", "hejsetha thtitleel," and "hej xajhuthi kroni"[13]
Hejsetha
"Vaporous, floating", as taken from its use in Hejsetha Thtithik and Hejsetha Thtitleel[13]
Hejsetha thtithik
Wispmother, literally "vaporous, floating egg hatcher"[13]
Hejsetha thtitleel
Wisp, literally "vaporous floating sphere"[13]
Hej xajhuthi kroni
Literally "vaporous, dangerous crones", translated less directly as "beware of witchlights"[13]
Hewei
"Odd"[9]
Hist-Deek
"Hist Sapling", fourth month of the Argonian calendar[7]
Hist-Dooka
"Mature Hist", fifth month of the Argonian calendar[7]
Hist-Tsoko
"Elderly Hist", sixth month of the Argonian calendar[7]
Hoto[9]
Huptal

I[edit]

Iuheeez
"Wing folding", a manner in which butterfly wings are prepared into edible presentations[2]
Ixtaxh-thtithil-meht
"Exact-Egg-Cracker", the name of a great stepped pyramid in Lilmoth[1][4]

J[edit]

Jekka-wass[6]

K[edit]

Ka
Likely "war", as seen in "ka-deelith", "kaal" and "reel-ka"
Ka-deelith
"War-teacher", a title for the one responsible for training warriors[14]
Kaal
"War captain", a revered title, especially in more violent tribes[8][3]
Kaj
"Ample", also translated as "giant": see "kajthux" and "kaj-jeke thota"
Kaj-jeke thota
"Ample stinging insect", referring to a Giant Wasp[13]
Kajin-Jat
Kajthux
"Ample serpent", referring to a Giant Snake[13]
Kaju
Kaoc
A type of vulgar interjection, when used in context it seems to mean "crap" or "shit"[1][15]
Keel-Sakka
Keshu
Literally "stands apart"[16]
Ki
Possibly "doll", as seen in "xeech-ki"[11]
Kot[17]
Kota-Vimleel
literally "Black-Tongues", denoting Black-Tongue tribe of Murkmire[11]
Krona
"Big", "colossal", typically used in jest or exaggeration[3]
Krona-kaal
A particularly skilled or famous war chief in the Dead-Water tribe[9]
Kronkassa[17]
Ku
To bring about or allow[18]
Kuhupwo
"Mouth-talk", the rare phenomenon of a Hist tree speaking directly through speech[8]
Kuuda
Derogatory term[19]
Ku-vastei
A catalyst of change. Can be a person, a thing, or an occurrence but can be interpreted as "that which causes the necessary path for change to occur" "A ku-vastei is what sets things into motion again."[18][20]

L[edit]

Leel
Possibly "people", often used to denote a group or a tribe. See Saxhleel, Veeskhleel etc.
Lukiul
"Assimilated", used to signify an Argonian who has adapted to a non-Argonian culture[1][3]

M[edit]

Malgai[21]
Masu
"Big-mouthed reptile" (taken from its use in 'Rormasu' and 'Wamasu', respectively)[13]
Maxeem-urto
"River clam"[8]
Mota
"Hunt" or "hunter"[5]

N[edit]

Nagahssee
"Snake roll" a dish prepared in Murkmire consisting of a snake skin filled with various vegetables and a live mouse[2]
Naga-Kur
The Dead-Water tribe of Murkmire[11]
Naheesh
"Tribal elder", typically a position of wisdom, although not necessarily one of power[3]
Nalpa
"Bad", literally "rotten", referring to something or someone of generally low quality[3]
Neiweet
Nisswo
"Nothing-speaker", a priest of Sithis[22]
Norg
"Forbidden", not used often as most forbidden things are not spoken of[3]
Norgsa[17]
Norg-Tzel
Literally "forbidden place", a secluded island in southeastern Black Marsh[23]
Norg-vos
"Warning stone"[8]
Nushmeeko
"Lizard", as well as ninth month of the Argonian calendar[7]

O[edit]

Oj
Possibly noting negation, judging by its use[17]
Ojei
Possibly roughly meaning "No-Eyes", referring to the fact that they are blind[24]:
Ojel
Literally, "not of Argonian tongue" or "non-speaker of Jel", marking somebody not of the tribe, an outsider. Sometimes used as an insult[8][3]

P[edit]

Pahnjee
"Fumer", a rack of spoiled meat to distract bog blights from one's scent[9]

R[edit]

Raj-beeko[3]
Raj-deelith
"Elder teacher"[16]
Raj-kaal
Literally "elder war captain", a war chief, a high military rank[9]
Raj-nassa
"Elder leader"[25]
Rajpu
"Terrible"[citation needed]
Ree-An-Wo
"Swallowed Grove"[26]
Reel-ka
"Warrior"[3]
Reelsh[6]
Rormasu
Literally "big-mouthed reptile that blinks above the water", referring to a crocodile[13]
Ruheeva
Possibly "traveller", seems to be used to greet or adress passers-by[27][28][17][6]

S[edit]

Sakka
Possibly denoting a liquid, something that flows or runs; could also be a verb. Seen e.g. in culinary terms ("aojee-sakka"[2], "bowl of sakka"), name of a river (Keel-Sakka River), and many Argonian names which do include verbs
Saxhleel
"People of the Root", referring to the Argonians, as well as eleventh month of the Argonian calendar[1][3]
Seizo
An exclamation, not necessarily of a bad connotation[8]
Shaja
Humanoid
Shaja-Nushmeeko
"Semi-humanoid lizard", tenth month of the Argonian calendar[7]
Shap
"Frog"
Sharith[13]
Shu
Shunatei
Roughly meaning clinging onto something (inevitable)[8]. A more colorful explanation filled with metaphors is "regretful stomach", and "the pain caused by holding on too tightly to that which has come to pass"[29]
Shuxaltsei
"Devours-the-Sun"[30]
Sisei
"Sprout", as well as third month of the Argonian calendar[7]

T[edit]

Tar-sakka[6]
Tchee[17]
Teeba
"Ball"[31]
Teeba-hatsei
"Hip and tail ball", a popular Argonian sport[31]
Teeba-enoo
Another popular Argonian sport[4]
Theilul
A type of Argonian rum made from distilled sugar cane[1]
Thtachalxan
Non-Argonian guards, literally "Drykillers"[1]
Thtithil
"Egg", as well as eighth month of the Argonian calendar[3][7]
Thtithil-gah
"Egg basket", seventh month of the Argonian calendar[7]
Thuxis
"Snake", as taken from its use in Kajthux,[13] also refers to one who is deceptive[3]
Toh
"Secret"[32]
Topee-rajta
Loosely meaning "older than dirt"[citation needed]
Toteik
"Great", used sparingly for only particularly exceptional things[3]
Tsetha
"Floating", as taken from its use in Hejtsetha Thtithik and Hejtsetha Thtitleel[13]
Tsogo[citation needed]
Tsoko
"Elderly"[7]
Tsona
"Swim"[3]
Tsona-Geeva
Alternative name used for Ixtaxh-thtithil-meht, a.k.a. Ixtaxh xanmeer[33]
Tsonashap
Literally "swimming frog"[1]
Tum-Taleel
Literally "Root-House People", denoting the Root-House tribe in Murkmire[11]
Tutan-wei[4]
Tzel
"Place"[23], possibly also marking area or territory, as seen in "Veeskhleel-Tzel"[11]

U[edit]

Ux
A sacred mating practices of Argonians[34]
Ux-deelith
A tribe member leading the practice of ux, a sacred mating ritual[35]
Uxith
"Nest", "home", or "bed"[15][3]
Uxith-beeko
Literally "nest-friend", more directly a sexual partner[3]

V[edit]

Vahat
"Unclean", or taboo[9]
Vakka
"Sun", as well as first month of the Argonian calendar[3]
Vakka-Bok
"Bowl of the Sun", an ancient Argonian ruin in northern Murkmire[4]
Vastei
"Change"[18][3] or "transition"
Vastei-Sei
Ritual of Change[6]
Veeskhleel
Literally, the 'Ghost People', denoting Ghost-People tribe of Murkmire[11]
Vexu-vit
"Persnickety", somebody who is fussy or particular[8]
Voh-vastei
"Apprentice"[36]
Vos
"Stone"[8]
Vossa-satl
An organ/bagpipe-like instrument popular in murkmire, played with live frogs of various species.[37]

W[edit]

Wamasu
Roughly translated as "big-mouthed reptile of blood lightning"[13]
Wasseek-Haleel
Literally the 'Bright-Throats', a tribe of Murkmire[11][4]
Waxhuthi
A type of vulgar interjection, when used in context it seems to mean "dammit"[1][17]
Wazeithi
Wuju-ka[21]
Wuthilul
Translates into "Mere-Glim", an Argonian name[1]
Wutulm
"Legend", used to describe a person[9]
Wuxa

X[edit]

Xal
"Sacred"[38][3]
Xal-fek
"Sacred plant", twelve plants considered sacred to the Black-Tongue tribe[10]
Xal-thtithil
"Sacred egg"[39]
Xal-uxith
"Sacred nest", where Argonian eggs are tended to[16]
Xal-vastei
"Sacred change", created at Xinchei-Konu monument[3]
Xanmeer
A term for the ancient stepped pyramids found in Black Marsh[38]
Xeech
"Nut", as well as second month of the Argonian calendar[3][7]
Xeech'ki
"Seed doll", a wood figurine typically carved by members of Bright-Throat Tribe, depicting local animals or tiny Argonians[11]
Xhu
"Yes", a type of affirmative[1]
Xhuth
A type of vulgar interjection[1], equally common is "xuth" [19]
Xinchei-Konu
An ancient Argonian calendar, also refers to the monument constructed for it[6]
Xul
"Death" or pertaining to death. Also marking rebirth because these are considered one and the same in Argonian culture[3]
Xul-mota
"Death-hunt", a challenging hunt for a dangerous beast[5]
Xulneihavu[17]
Xul-Thuxis
"Snake-Means-Death City" literally "death snake", an ancient Argonian city in northern Murkmire[40]
Xul-vaat
"Grave-stake", a stake pierced through a dead Argonian, telling a story of their life[9][41]
Xulomaht
"The Deceased", as well as twelfth month of the Argonian calendar[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  2. ^ a b c d e A Culinary AdventureRallaume Lemonds, Culinary Crusader
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac The Sharper Tongue: A Jel Primer
  4. ^ a b c d e f Famia Mercius' dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  5. ^ a b c Bolu's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Jekka-Wass Vozei's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n The Seasons of Argonia
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Xukas's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jaxsik-Orrn's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  10. ^ a b Waku-Mat's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tribes of Murkmire
  12. ^ Haj-Ei in Morrowind
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion
  14. ^ Beel-Ranu's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  15. ^ a b Crafting Motifs 9: The ArgoniansDoctor Alfidia Lupus
  16. ^ a b c Keshu: From Egg to Adolescence
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h Shuxaltsei's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  18. ^ a b c Ku-Vastei: The Needed Change
  19. ^ a b Ajim-Jaa's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  20. ^ Choixth's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  21. ^ a b Dradeiva's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  22. ^ Nisswo Uaxal's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  23. ^ a b Norg-Tzel loading screen text in ESO
  24. ^ Ojei, a mutated Argonian found in Blight Bog Sump
  25. ^ Keshu: The Rites of Maturity — Peek-Ereel, Friend and Confidant to Keshu the Black Fin
  26. ^ Swallowed Grove loading screen text in ESO
  27. ^ Meewulm's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  28. ^ Aliskeeh's greeting in ESO: Murkmire
  29. ^ Talen-Jush's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  30. ^ Nisswo Xode's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  31. ^ a b Teeba-Hatsei
  32. ^ Online:Jee-Lar's dialogue in ESO
  33. ^ Trea and Veraan's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  34. ^ Ux-Deelith Mezatil's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  35. ^ Something About Stibbons quest in ESO: Murkmire
  36. ^ Iskenaaz's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  37. ^ On Playing the Frogs
  38. ^ a b The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Black MarshFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  39. ^ Kassandra's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  40. ^ Xul-Thuxis loading screen text in ESO
  41. ^ Grave-Singer Ki-At's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire