May 7, 2010

Wunihmunthiss


"Your cat's name is Wunihmunthiss," a friend said to me on Monday. The cat -who Leah and I call "Minou" or "Kitty" or "Cat"-was reclined on our sofa.

"How do you know it's Wunihmunthiss?" I asked.

"I heard it. In my head a voice said it, and now I know."

"Okay." I looked at Minou. "Wunihmunthiss," I repeated to myself. "It sounds like 'one a month.'"

"One a month?"

"Yeah."

He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, I don't know how it's spelled."

We debated for a while trying to get the sounds right. We almost went with Hwunhamungthizz. Or "one amongst us." I'd never invented a word for a sound before.

The links are just 'cos I've been reading about obscure western religions. That's a mummified cat.

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