Lore:Ta'agra

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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 indicates an occupation or place of residence. As such khajiit might be translated as "desert-dweller" or "one who works in a desert"; but as what one commonly does in a desert is to walk, khajiit is normally translated as "desert-walker", and thus are many Khajiit known.[UOL 1]

WordsEdit

Known translated words from Ta'agra:

AEdit

Ahn [2]
Ahnurr
Ta'agra name for Anu[3]
Ahzirr [4]
Ahzirr Durrarriss
"We Give Freely To The People"[4]
Ahzirr Traajijazeri
"We Justly Take By Force"[4]
Al'basti
Ta'agra name for Alabaster[5]
Atatami
The Same[6]
Athra [7]

BEdit

Bahlee
"All you"[6]
Bisi'ja[8]
Budi
Shirt[UOL 1]
Budiit
Tailor[UOL 1]

CEdit

DEdit

Dad'na [2]
Durrarriss [4]
Do-radhin
"Strong-Warrior,"[9] name for warriors from Verkarth[5]
Dro-m'Athra
Dark Spirits [of Elsweyr][7]
Dro-sha zargo[10]
Dunei
Ta'agra name for Dune[5]

EEdit

Eks
Fix[6]

FEdit

Fadomai
Ta'agra name for Padomay[3]
Fifeh'rai [2]
Frisiin [11]
Fusozay
Enjoy or without qualm[4]
Fusozay Var Dar
"Kill Without Qualm"[4]
Fusozay Var Var
"Enjoy Life"[4]

GEdit

Gzalzi
Absurdity[4]
Gzalzi Vaberzarita Maaszi
"Absurdity has become necessity"[4]

HEdit

Hala[8]
Hasa Zha'ja
"The Name Dance" (A lullaby)[12]
Hissirna kassaad[10]

IEdit

JEdit

Ja-Kha'jay
The Lunar Lattice, occasionally translated as "the Moonstrings" by foreigners[7][3]
Ja'khajiit
Kitten, also used to refer to Merrunz (Mehrunes Dagon)[3]
Ja'zennji Siir
Ta'agra name for "Jode's Light"[13]
Jah
Coin or Retainer[14][6]
Jahar Fuso'ja
"Instrument of Celebration"[15]
Jashiin [11]
Je'm'ath
Moon Sugar, "to offer Je'm'ath" could refer to striking a deal[16]
Jeehatar
Mercenaries[6]
Jeek
Fool[17]
Jekosiit
Unknown; usage suggests some form of an insult[18][19]
Jihatt
Warrior for Hire, Mercenary (may have negative connotation)[20][6]
Jomba [2]

KEdit

Ka'iir[21]
Khashool[10]
K'har
"King" or "Chief"[22][23]
K'har Zhab
"The hall where the chiefs play games" [23]
Kei
Land[5][24]
Khaj
Desert[UOL 1]
Khaj Rawlith
"Sand of Rain"[25]
Khrasaat
Ta'agra name for Terror Birds[26]
Kra'Jun
Company of Heroes[27][28]
Kreenya
Smile[6]
Krin
Grin, laugh, or smile[4]

LEdit

Lhajiito
Run Away[4]
Llesw'er
Sands behind the Stars, the Khajiit afterlife.[29]
Luz [2]

MEdit

Maaszi
Necessary[4]

NEdit

Ne[7]
Ne Quin-al
Ta'agra name for Anequina[12][30]
Nirni
Ta'agra name for Nirn[3]
No[4]
Nookoh
Don't worry[6]
Nool—golaraj ra'ham[31]
Nura-jhahul[31] 

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). [20]
Pa'alatiin
Ta'agra name for Pellitine[12][30]

QEdit

Q'zi [4]
Q'zi no vano thzina ualizz
"When I contradict myself, I am telling the truth"[4]
Q'ri [11]
Quin [7]

REdit

Ra'ham[8]
Rass Le
"Sharp-Tongue"[32]
Rawl
Likely means "Water," based on the following terms[7][33]
Rawla
River[5]
Rawla-Kei
"River-Land" Ta'agra name for Riverhold[5]
Rawlith
Rain[34]
Rawlith Khaj
"Desert Rain" [35] (lit. translation: "Rain of Sand")[34]
Rabi
To define ownership[UOL 1]
Renreejee
Ruffians[6]
Renrij
Varying to scum, mercenary or landless[4]
Rhook[5]
Ri'sallidad
Martyrs; is used only in the case of those martyrs deserving special honor[4]
Rim'kha
Ta'agra name for Rimmen[5]
Rithana-di-Renada
"Song of Kingdoms"[36]

SEdit

Sangiin
Blood, also the name of the Khajiit god (The Blood-Cat) which is comparable to Sanguine[37]
Seechoh
Sit[6]
Sei'dar
An act of selflessness[16]
Shalaraj—feer jassa[31]
Sky'ell
Anything[6]

TEdit

Ta'agra'iss
Tashiin [11]
Tenarr Zalviit
"Night Stalkers" (name of a vampire clan).[38]
Thoghatt
Charcoal Warriors[39]
Thjizzrini
Foolish concepts, supposedly the closest translation of "rules" possible in Ta'agra[4]
Thzani [4]
Traajijazeri [4]

UEdit

Ualizz [4]

VEdit

Va
To be[UOL 1]
Vaba
It is[4]
Vaba Do'Shurh'do
"It Is Good To Be Brave"[4]
Vaba Maaszi Lhajiito
"It Is Necessary To Run Away"[4]
Vabazeri
Becoming[UOL 1]
Vaberzarita
Has become[4]
Vano [4]
Var
Life, to live[4]
Var var var[8]
Vazh[10]
Vrin-Thak
Goutfang[40]

WEdit

Wogreghaht
Concerned[6]

XEdit

YEdit

ZEdit

Zha
"Dance"[12]
Zha'javan Ka'achin
"The Dance of Dual Lands"[12]
Zhab
"Game" [12]
Zha'ja Lorkhaj [8]
The Bent Dance
Zhan
"Wind"[41]
Zhan Khaj
Ta'agra name for the Order of the Desert Wind.[41]
Zhan Zhab
"Wind Game" (A Poem)[12]
Zhazza-Ra
"The Crazy General"[42]
Ziss
[43]
Ziss ra'ham
[8]
Ziss'vo
Swear word used in the same manner as the word shit.[44]:
Ziz Kurah
"Whispering Claw"[45]
Zubhai'jay [2]
Zuub-zuub
A slang term for copulation[46]
Zwinthodurrarr
A yellow quill, directly translates to yellow writing stick[34]

Honorifics/Prefixes/SuffixesEdit

AEdit

Ab- [47][48]
Ak- [48]
Akh- [48]
-Al [7]

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.[34][49]
-daro
Thief (Feminine) Someone who can nimbly acquire loose items, like coins. They are known for their expertise in speech.[49]
-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.[34][49]
-dro
Grandfather, Wise Elders, Patriarch. (Masculine) It is meant as a sign of respect.[34][49]
-dra
Grandmother. (Feminine) Someone known for their wisdom and wit, or someone of a respectable old age.[49]

FEdit

Fa- [48][50]

GEdit

Gi- [51]

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.[34]
-Jo
Wizard, Scholars, and Physicians. (Masculine)[34][49]

KEdit

K- [22]
-ko
Respected Healer, Mage, or Scholar. (Feminine)[49]
-kha [5][33]

LEdit

-la
Unmarried Maiden, or those that behave so. (Feminine)[49]

MEdit

-M or -Ma
Child or apprentice. (Feminine)[34] Normally endearing, unless it is used in contempt.[49]

PEdit

Pa- [30]

QEdit

Qa- [52]

REdit

-Ra
Used to imply great status, used for leaders of soldiers, trade, and governance. (Masculine)[34]
-Raht [7]
-Ri
Used to imply great status, it is rarely awarded, reserved for leaders like the Speaker, the Mane, or Kings. (Masculine)[34]

SEdit

S-
Adult or an adult.[34]

TEdit

Ta-

YEdit

Ya- [30]

ZEdit

Za [48]
Zan [48]
Zhaj [53]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zhasim's dialogue in ESO: Orsinium
  2. ^ a b c d e f Thannar the Graveprowler's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  3. ^ a b c d e Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rajhin's Shadow's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l S'rathra's dialogue in Redguard
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr ConfederacyImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  8. ^ a b c d e f Adara'hai's dialogue in ESO
  9. ^ Rithana-di-Renada translation provided by ZOS Soundmaster
  10. ^ a b c d Dro-m'Athra ambient dialogue within the Maw of Lorkhaj in ESO
  11. ^ a b c d Zamarak's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Anequina and Pellitine: An IntroductionSulema, Initiate Scholar of the Pa'alatiin
  13. ^ Call to the Faithful
  14. ^ Nabina-ko's dialogue in ESO
  15. ^ Jahar Fuso'ja
  16. ^ a b The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
  17. ^ Fezez the Merchant's dialogue in ESO
  18. ^ Tips for a Khajiit in Summerset V. 1Bezumi, Khajiiti Ambassador to Summerset
  19. ^ Narazda's dialogue in ESO: Wolfhunter
  20. ^ a b Ri'Zakar's dialogue in Oblivion
  21. ^ Zaiba's dialogue in ESO: Clockwork City
  22. ^ a b Jora-ri's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  23. ^ a b Lyrrsazhi's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  24. ^ Shasuna-ja's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  25. ^ Khaj Rawlith sub-location in Online
  26. ^ Terror-Birds: Up Close and PersonalDardarfin
  27. ^ Azargo Long-Tale's dialogue in Online
  28. ^ Khunzar-ri and the Demons
  29. ^ How We Came to Fly
  30. ^ a b c d Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the SouthImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  31. ^ a b c Zhaj'hassa the Forgotten's dialogue in ESO
  32. ^ Khunzar-ri: Tales, TwoAneshi, Keeper of Legends for the 16 Kingdoms
  33. ^ a b Rawl'kha location in ESO
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Interview With Three Booksellers – The Imperial Library
  35. ^ Desert Rain Kata Emotes description in ESO
  36. ^ Iraya's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  37. ^ Events of ESO: Scalebreaker
  38. ^ Tenarr Zalviit Pauldrons item description in ESO:Elsweyr
  39. ^ Ja'Fazir's dialogue in Oblivion
  40. ^ Goutfang Kata Emote description in ESO
  41. ^ a b Abnur Tharn's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  42. ^ Meet the Character - Captain CaudexLieutenant Gavo Haderus
  43. ^ Mazil-jo and other's dialogue in ESO
  44. ^ Saviwa's and several other's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  45. ^ Whispering Claw Kata Emote description in ESO
  46. ^ Marakar's Dialogue in ESO
  47. ^ Ab'jhad NPC in ESO: Dark Brotherhood
  48. ^ a b c d e f Randomly Generated Names from Arena and Daggerfall
  49. ^ a b c d e f g h i Khajiiti HonorificsLady Radurra-dra of Torval
  50. ^ Fa'ren-dar NPC in ESO: Thieves Guild
  51. ^ Master Zoaraym's TaleGi'Nanth
  52. ^ Qa'Dar NPC in Morrowind
  53. ^ 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 Interview With Douglas Goodall — The Imperial Library
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