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From Proto-Munja'kin *oz.


Coined by L. Frank Baum in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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IPA(key): /ˈoza/

Proper Noun


  1. Oz (name for the entire land)
    Mia koa niu vozoku an jalindri an Oza.
    Magic has existed as long as Oz.
    -Nahara (Emerald City, Episode 109)
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Creation and Usage Notes

Soooooo...evidently, I came up with a word for Oz that was separate from 'ozu...? K... I'm going to guess maybe it came from time immemorial—that that was the idea? I'm honestly not sure anymore.

-David J. Peterson 15:56, 30 May 2020 (PDT)

You know what? It may have been a post hoc borrowing. That is, the word derived ultimately from a word that came to mean "world" in Munja'kin—a word that also came to have meaning in Inha—and then it was simply borrowed back into Munja'kin. That would make this a borrowing, I guess, but from what? And then, of course, there's the troubling role of English in Oz... Eh. It's fine.

-David J. Peterson 03:39, 8 July 2020 (PDT)