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   “New – word – ism?” questioned  Shirra.

   “It’s ‘neologism,’ ” answered Michael.¹

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Here’s one for Earthlings:

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“klepta”

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It’s a word you’ve never heard before. It comes from Elphian.

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For more use the DOOR.

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   Let me share an author’s² manuscript notes. He’s collecting all the information he can gather about the language commonly spoken by people (human appearing, similar–and with compatible DNA) on the exoplanet Elphia. Elphia has been visited by two precocious high school Earthlings (a boy and a girl, both Christians) who discover the remnants of a planet whose people once possessed great scientific knowledge, but tragedy has now reduced Elphian survivors to living with a jumbled mix of primitive with the new. All previous religious records have been destroyed as superstition–and even memory of their religious past has been strangely erased–except for one odd prophecy now relegated to folklore, a prophecy that the two Earth visitors my be able to fulfill if they can finally work out their own relationship.

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Working Notes…

   klepta, kleptini, kleptor  All related Elphian words…

   klepta – a partner “by promise,” a spouse, usually a woman. No good English equivalent. (Christians often add “by promise before God,” or “a klepta before God.”)

   kleptini – partner “by convenience.” “Temporary” is implied. Again, no good English equivalent.

   kleptor – (archaic) specifically a male partner by promise, as the generic “klepta” usually refers to females. A couple is usually referred to as “a man and his klepta.” A couple as a “kleptor and klepta” often clarifies, however, and is not incorrect.

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   Of course, a decent story is much more than a dictionary of a strange new language. The wise reporter will introduce and explain such new words in dialogue and narrative that drives the action that the reader or hearer wants to see or hear.

   All that, for better or worse, will appear later in The Blood of Three Worlds., the logical sequel to Earth Is Not Alone (see sidebar at the right).

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    ¹ From The Blood of Three Worlds. This dialogue, however, is taken out of context.

    ² The “author” here is also the poster of these posts.