Ao

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Dothraki

Etymology

From Proto-Plains *aɣo (deep, depth).

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /ˈao/

Rhymes: -ao

Adjective

ao (comparative asaon, superlative asaonaz, negative osao, contrastive osaon, sublative asaonoz)

  1. deep
  2. dark (of color)

Creation and Usage Notes

Initially this was onomatopoeic (imagining moving from the surface to the depths). I later added the proto-form with the velar fricative.

-David J. Peterson 15:36, 24 April 2019 (PDT)

High Valyrian

Etymology

The etymology of this word comes from an invisible proto-language. If you're confident you know the etymology, feel free to add it, but reader beware should the etymology be added by someone other than the creator of the language!

Pronunciation

(Classical) IPA(key): /ao/

Rhymes: -ao

Pronoun

ao (second person singular, nominative plural jeme)

  1. you; second person singular personal pronoun, nominative case
    Ao ynoma dīnilūks?
    Will you marry me?
Inflection
Descendants


Creation and Usage Notes

The similarity to Dothraki ao was intentional. First, I really liked the sound, and I liked it as a pronoun—and specifically a second person pronoun. It sounded good to me to refer to someone using ao. Second, I thought it was a nice way to demonstrate that Dothraki and High Valyrian were different languages. There was no way to tie the etymologies together and suggest the two words came from a common source.

-David J. Peterson 15:36, 24 April 2019 (PDT)