Lore:Ta'agra

Lore: Languages

Ta'agra is the language spoken by the Khajiit of Elsweyr. Although many natives of Elsweyr can speak Tamrielic, it is not uncommon for Khajiit to interject Ta'agra words or phrases into their sentences. Khajiit notably tend to have a speech pattern that consists of talking in the third person when speaking in Tamrielic.[1]

The word "khajiit" is derived from the Ta'agra words "khaj" and "-iit", khaj meaning "sand" or "desert" and the suffix -iit indicating an occupation or place of residence. As such, khajiit might be translated as "desert-dweller" or "one who works in a desert"—but since all one commonly does in a desert is walk, khajiit is normally translated as "desert-walker", a term often used when referring to Khajiit.[UOL 1]

An example of Ta'agra written as a sentence, excerpted from a burnt scripture found in Moongrave Fane, goes as follows, "Zennrili an Zennji tas jaadi atha'a. Shabar aydithozay zaigu di sallidadna jaadi ranjith".[2]

WordsEdit

Known translated words and phrases from Ta'agra:

AEdit

Adi [2]
Ahn [3]
Ahnurr
Ta'agra name for Anu[4]
Ahzirr [5]
Ahzirr Durrarriss
"We Give Freely To The People"[5]
Ahzirr Traajijazeri
"We Justly Take By Force"[5]
Ahziss
My (first-person genitive singular unspecific)[UOL 2]
Al'basti
Ta'agra name for Alabaster[6]
An[2]
Atatami
The Same[7]
Atha'a[2]
Athra [8]
Aydithozay[2]

BEdit

Bahlee
"All you"[7]
Bisi'ja[9]
Budi
Shirt[UOL 1]
Budiit
Tailor[UOL 1]

CEdit

DEdit

Da aqqa dween[10]
Dad'na [3]
Di[2]
Durrarriss [5]
Do-radhin
"Strong-Warrior,"[11] name for warriors from Verkarth[6]
Dro-m'Athra
Dark Spirits [of Elsweyr][8]
Dro-sha zargo[12]
Dunei
Ta'agra name for Dune[6]

EEdit

Eks
Fix[7]

FEdit

Fadomai
Ta'agra name for Padomay[4]
Fifeh'rai [3]
Frisiin [13]
Fusozay
Enjoy or without qualm[5]
Fusozay Var Dar
"Kill Without Qualm"[5]
Fusozay Var Var
"Enjoy Life"[5]

GEdit

Gzalzi
Absurdity[5]
Gzalzi Vaberzarita Maaszi
"Absurdity has become necessity"[5]

HEdit

Hala[9]
Hasa Zha'ja
"The Name Dance" (A lullaby)[14]
Hissirna kassaad[12]

IEdit

JEdit

Ja-Kha'jay
The Lunar Lattice, occasionally translated as "the Moonstrings" by foreigners[8][4]
Ja'khajiit
Kitten, also used to refer to Merrunz (Mehrunes Dagon)[4]
Ja'zennji Siir
Ta'agra name for "Jode's Light"[15]
Jaadi[2]
Jah
Coin or Retainer[16][7]
Jahar Fuso'ja
"Instrument of Celebration"[17]
Jashiin [13]
Je'm'ath
Moon Sugar, "to offer Je'm'ath" could refer to striking a deal[18]
Jeehatar
Mercenaries[7]
Jeek
Fool[19]
Jekosiit
Unknown; usage suggests some form of an insult[20][21]
Jihatt
Warrior for Hire, Mercenary (vaguely disreputable)[22][7]
Jomba [3]

KEdit

Ka'iir[23]
Kha'jay[2]
Khashool[12]
K'har
"King" or "Chief"[24][25]
K'har Zhab
"The hall where the chiefs play games" [25]
Kei
Land[6][26]
Khaj
Desert[UOL 1]
Khaj Rawlith
"Sand of Rain"[27]
Khrasaat
Ta'agra name for Terror Birds[28]
Kra'Jun
Company of Heroes[29][30]
Kreenya
Smile[7]
Krin
Grin, laugh, or smile[5]

LEdit

Lhajiito
Run Away[5]
Llesw'er
Sands behind the Stars, the Khajiit afterlife.[31]
Lurma[2]
Luz [3]

MEdit

Maaszi
Necessary[5]
Morna[2]

NEdit

Ne[8]
Ne Quin-al
Ta'agra name for Anequina[14][32]
Nirni
Ta'agra name for Nirn[4]
No[5]
Nookoh
Don't worry[7]
Nool—golaraj ra'ham[33]
Nura-jhahul[33]

OEdit

PEdit

Pakseech
Roughly the word for "Clan-Chair", the seat of the "Clan-Patriarch". Used among Blackwood Company members as "leader", with fatherly connotations. [22]
Pa'alatiin
Ta'agra name for Pellitine[14][32]

QEdit

Q'zi [5]
Q'zi no vano thzina ualizz
"When I contradict myself, I am telling the truth"[5]
Q'ri [13]
Quin [8]

REdit

Ra'ham[9]
Rabi
To have[UOL 1][UOL 2]
Radhin[34]
Raj'kono[2]
Ranjith[2]
Rass Le
"Sharp-Tongue"[35]
Rawl
Likely means "Water," based on the following terms[8][36]
Rawla
River[6]
Rawla-Kei
"River-Land" Ta'agra name for Riverhold[6]
Rawlith
Rain[37]
Rawlith Khaj
"Desert Rain" [38] (lit. translation: "Rain of Sand")[37]
Renreejee
Ruffians[7]
Renrij
Varying to scum, mercenary or landless[5]
Rhook[6]
Ri'sallidad
Martyrs; is used only in the case of those martyrs deserving special honor[5]
Rim'kha
Ta'agra name for Rimmen[6]
Rithana-di-Renada
"Song of Kingdoms"[39]
Roh[34]

SEdit

Sallidadna[2]
Sangiin
Blood, also the name of the Khajiit god (The Blood-Cat) which is comparable to Sanguine[40]
Seechoh
Sit[7]
Sei'dar
An act of selflessness[18]
Shadar[2]
Shalaraj—feer jassa[33]
Sky'ell
Anything[7]

TEdit

T'harithse[2]
Ta'agra'iss
Tas[2]
Tashiin [13]
Tenarr Zalviit
"Night Stalkers" (name of a vampire clan).[41]
Thoghatt
Charcoal Warriors[42]
Thjizzrini
Foolish concepts, supposedly the closest translation of "rules" possible in Ta'agra[5]
Thzani [5]
Thzi[2]
Traajijazeri [5]

UEdit

Ualizz [5]

VEdit

Va
To be[UOL 1]
Vaba
It is[5]
Vaba Do'Shurh'do
"It Is Good To Be Brave"[5]
Vaba Maaszi Lhajiito
"It Is Necessary To Run Away"[5]
Vabazeri
Becoming[UOL 1]
Vaberzarita
Has become[5]
Vano [5]
Var
Life, to live[5]
Var var var[43][9]
Vasi[2]
Vazh[12]
Viti[2]
Vrin-Thak
Goutfang[44]

WEdit

Wohreghaht
Concerned[7]

XEdit

YEdit

ZEdit

Zaigu[2]
Zennji[2]
Likely translates to "Jode" based on Jode's Light translation.[15]
Zennrili[2]
Zha
"Dance"[14]
Zha'javan Ka'achin
"The Dance of Dual Lands"[14]
Zhab
"Game" [14]
Zha'ja [34]
Zha'ja Lorkhaj
The Bent Dance[9]
Zhan
"Wind"[45]
Zhan Khaj
Ta'agra name for the Order of the Desert Wind.[45]
Zhan Zhab
"Wind Game" (A Poem)[14]
Zhazza-Ra
"The Crazy General"[46]
Ziss
[47]
Ziss ra'ham
[9]
Ziss'vo
Swear word used in the same manner as the word shit.[48]:
Ziz Kurah
"Whispering Claw"[49]
Zubhai'jay [3]
Zuub-zuub
A slang term for copulation[50]
Zwinthodurrarr
A yellow quill, directly translates to yellow writing stick[37]

Honorifics/Prefixes/SuffixesEdit

AEdit

Ab- [51][52]
Ak- [52]
Akh- [52]
-Al [8]

DEdit

-dar
Thief (Masculine) This appellation is not meant to imply a criminal, but rather, one who is clever, or else, particularly gifted with their hands.[37][53]
-daro
Thief (Feminine) Someone who can nimbly acquire loose items, like coins. They are known for their expertise in speech.[53]
-do
Warrior. (Masculine/Feminine) This title is rarely used by modern Khajiit, for warriors, save it be for the Mane's personal guards, and masters of Goutfang, Whispering Claw, and Rawlith Khaj.[37][53]
-dro
Grandfather, Wise Elders, Patriarch. (Masculine) It is meant as a sign of respect.[37][53]
-dra
Grandmother. (Feminine) Someone known for their wisdom and wit, or someone of a respectable old age.[53]

FEdit

Fa- [52][54]

GEdit

Gi- [55]

IEdit

-iit
Is used to state where one lives, and is also used to define one's job. For example, budiit (budi + -iit) means tailor.[UOL 1]
-'iitay
Is used to state where someone once lived in. For example, Senchal'iitay (Senchal + -'iitay) means "one who lived in Senchal."[UOL 1]

JEdit

J-, Ji-, or Ja-
A bachelor or young adult. In the common vernacular, it means one who is young and lacks experience.[37]
-Jo
Wizard, Scholars, and Physicians. (Masculine)[37][53]

KEdit

K- [24]
-ko
Respected Healer, Mage, or Scholar. (Feminine)[53]
-kha [6][36]

LEdit

-la
Unmarried Maiden, or those that behave so. (Feminine)[53]

MEdit

-M or -Ma
Child or apprentice. (Feminine)[37] Normally endearing, unless it is used in contempt.[53]

PEdit

Pa- [32]

QEdit

Qa- [56]

REdit

-Ra
Used to imply great status, used for leaders of soldiers, trade, and governance. (Masculine)[37]
-Raht [8]
-Ri
Used to imply great status, it is rarely awarded, reserved for leaders like the Speaker, the Mane, or Kings. (Masculine)[37]

SEdit

S-
Adult or an adult.[37]

TEdit

Ta-

YEdit

Ya- [32]

ZEdit

Za [52]
Zan [52]
Zhaj [57]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zhasim's dialogue in ESO: Orsinium
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Burnt Scripture
  3. ^ a b c d e f Thannar the Graveprowler's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  4. ^ a b c d e Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  5. ^ 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 Ahzirr Traajijazeri — Anonymous
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rajhin's Shadow's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l S'rathra's dialogue in Redguard
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr ConfederacyImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  9. ^ a b c d e f Adara'hai's dialogue in ESO
  10. ^ Jobasha's dialogue in Morrowind
  11. ^ Song of Kingdoms
  12. ^ a b c d Dialogue overheard from dro-m'Athra within the Maw of Lorkhaj in ESO
  13. ^ a b c d Zamarak's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Anequina and Pellitine: An IntroductionSulema, Initiate Scholar of the Pa'alatiin
  15. ^ a b Call to the Faithful
  16. ^ Nabina-ko's dialogue in ESO
  17. ^ Jahar Fuso'ja
  18. ^ a b The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  19. ^ Fezez the Merchant's dialogue in ESO
  20. ^ Tips for a Khajiit in Summerset V. 1Bezumi, Khajiiti Ambassador to Summerset
  21. ^ Narazda's dialogue in ESO: Wolfhunter
  22. ^ a b Ri'Zakar's dialogue in Oblivion
  23. ^ Zaiba's dialogue in ESO: Clockwork City
  24. ^ a b Jora-ri's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  25. ^ a b Lyrrsazhi's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  26. ^ Shasuna-ja's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  27. ^ Khaj Rawlith sub-location in ESO
  28. ^ Terror-Birds: Up Close and PersonalDardarfin
  29. ^ Azargo Long-Tale's dialogue in ESO
  30. ^ Khunzar-ri and the Demons
  31. ^ How We Came to Fly
  32. ^ a b c d Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the SouthImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  33. ^ a b c Zhaj'hassa the Forgotten's dialogue in ESO
  34. ^ a b c Southern Elsweyr fishing catch in ESO: Dragonhold
  35. ^ Khunzar-ri: Tales, TwoAneshi, Keeper of Legends for the 16 Kingdoms
  36. ^ a b Rawl'kha location in ESO
  37. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Interview With Three Booksellers – The Imperial Library
  38. ^ Desert Rain Kata Emotes description in ESO
  39. ^ Iraya's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  40. ^ Events of ESO: Scalebreaker
  41. ^ Tenarr Zalviit Pauldrons item description in ESO: Elsweyr
  42. ^ Ja'Fazir's dialogue in Oblivion
  43. ^ Idle Khajiit voice dialogue in Morrowind
  44. ^ Goutfang Kata Emote description in ESO
  45. ^ a b Abnur Tharn's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  46. ^ Meet the Character - Captain CaudexLieutenant Gavo Haderus
  47. ^ Mazil-jo and other's dialogue in ESO
  48. ^ Saviwa's and several other's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  49. ^ Whispering Claw Kata Emote description in ESO
  50. ^ Marakar's Dialogue in ESO
  51. ^ Ab'jhad NPC in ESO: Dark Brotherhood
  52. ^ a b c d e f Randomly Generated Names from Arena and Daggerfall
  53. ^ a b c d e f g h i Khajiiti HonorificsLady Radurra-dra of Torval
  54. ^ Fa'ren-dar NPC in ESO: Thieves Guild
  55. ^ Master Zoaraym's TaleGi'Nanth
  56. ^ Qa'Dar NPC in Morrowind
  57. ^ Zhaj'hassa the Forgotten NPC in ESO: Thieves Guild

Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jobasha Interview — Douglas Goodall
  2. ^ a b Ta'Agra phrases and expressions — Douglas Goodall