Not cold, not hot

Drawing inspiration from the Xurnese grammar, I decided to add a concept to the continuum of temperature.


manka – cold
tlolo – cool; warm (mild)
sitsa – hot; heat

Using the augmentative -ha and the diminutive -hi adds even more nuance to expressing temperature. mankaha (or mankampa, mankahu) being the coldest, and sitsaha (or sitsampa, sitsahu) the hottest means that tloloha is closer to sitsahi and tlolohi is closer to mankahi. This means that tlolotso (mild-middle) is likely how someone would describe their ideal temperature.

ya iyoma kihua tlolotso!
VOC PROX-day mild-middle
Oh, how today’s weather is so mild!