Gelane

Swazi name (feminine).

Will she come at us?

Gelane Swane is the president of Swaziland’s senate. She is also a chief*, though this month she has apparently been ‘stripped of acting chief powers’ (Times of Swaziland, February 09, 2010).

Let’s pray that Gelane doesn’t come too close to Mars in the coming days.
 
 
 
* Chieftain is given as a possible synonym of chief (Collins), but a French ear would tend to see a cheftaine there, i.e. a kind female chief for pimply grown-ups.

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23rd February update

A great picture of Gelane on the 19th February:

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7 réponses à “Gelane

  1. In the old days all cyclones had “female” names. The naughty ones have been Carol, Alix, Gervaise, Claudette. Even when this (bad) habit was changed, the ones that kept coming at us were the ladies: Hollanda, Dina and their likes. It might be a bad omen that Gelane is a girl’s name.

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    PS: I find it fascinating to read the comments beneath the article linked to in the post. For instance: « Ungeke ulandze Gelane leka Zwane, sewaka Zwane akatikhulumi tindzaba taka kaSimelane ngoba futsi bafati babutsakatsaka ayabangena emadvodza and they get easily influenced. » (My highlighting.)

  2. Sorting out chief and chieftain semantically is impossible; indeed captain overlaps in many of its senses. Chief is directly from OF chieef < L caput ‘head’, and both of the others are ultimately from L capitaneus, an adjective that came to be used as a noun. Capitaine is a learnèd form borrowed into both English and French in the late 14th century, whereas chieftain < 12th century French chevetaine, a semi-learnèd form that was later remodeled in English after chief. I think the French Girl Scouts would have done better to revive chevetaine.

    (Anyone know the technical French for Sp cultismo and semi-cultismo?)

  3. A. J. P. Crown

    In the old days all cyclones had “female” names.

    It was the same with hurricanes until women objected (I think in the late 1960s).

  4. cultismo : mot savant

  5. Zerbinette: Thanks.

  6. Ah, les services météorologiques mauriciens… Quand sauront-ils écrire dans un français un peu meilleur ? Leur site web a été amélioré — enfin, disons qu’il a changé, les bugs continuant d’y être habituels —, mais le langage reste le même.

    > Rodrigues Bulletin

    L`INTENSE CYCLONE TROPICAL GELANE ETAIT CENTRE A 03H30 EN LATITUDE 18.4 DEGRES SUD ET LONGITUDE 61.8 DEGRES EST, SOIT A ENVIRON 220 KM AU NORD-OUEST DE RODRIGUES.
    GELANE SE DEPLACE VERS LE SUD-SUD-OUEST A ENVIRON 8 KMPH.
    VUE SA POSITION ET SON INTENSITE, ET LE RISQUE D`UN INFLECHISSEMENT
    VERS RODRIGUES,UN AVERTISSEMENT DE CYCLONE DE CLASSE DEUX EST
    MAINTENUE A RODRIGUES.

    LE PUBLIC EST CONSEILLE DE MAINTENIR LES PRECAUTIONS .

    LE TEMPS RESTERA COUVERT AVEC AVERSES INTERMITTENTES DEVENANT
    MODEREES A FORTES PAR MOMENTS AVEC ORAGES.

    VENT DE L`EST, 40 KM/H AVEC RAFALES DE 90 KM/H SE RENFORCANT
    D`AVANTAGE.

    MER GROSSE ET HOULEUSE .

    J’adore leur récurrent « mer grosse et houleuse », voire « la mer sera grosse, voire houleuse ». Est-il possible d’avoir une mer qui soit grosse sans être houleuse ? Une mère enceinte* et calme peut-être…
     
     
     
    * autrement dit “pleine

  7. Oh, Sig I do hope you’re safe. We used to think we would go to the basement if there was a tornado. But of course you go outside and look unless one is right on top of you. Do you have basements there? But perhaps a basement would get water in it during a typhoon, or perhaps basements don’t work on islands.

    Typhoon? Maybe it is a hurricane, but I think I remember the antipodean ones have a different name.

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