Thanksgiving--Words for Eating
Nov 27, 2014
Some Cherokee words specify whether the action is happening to a solid, liquid, flexible thing, long thing, or living thing. This is another way that Cherokee language differs from English. Talking about eating is very specific.
I’m eating the round/solid thing = tsigi’a.
Svgata tsigi’a = I’m eating an apple.
I’m eating the flexible thing = tsiyaye’a.
Atse tuya detsiyaye’a = I’m eating green beans
Gvna hawiya tsiyaye’a = I’m eating turkey meat (a flexible piece)
I’m eating the long, rigid thing = tsiyasdigi’a
Selu tsiyasdigi’a = I’m eating corn (a long thing, implying corn on the cob.)
For soup and liquids, you can also say I’m drinking it.
Tsitaga ugama tsiditasga = I’m drinking chicken soup.
Let’s (you all and I) always be thankful for food! = Nigohila alsdaydi idalihelitsisi!