Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
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Serendipity pt. II: ilma

While browsing Wikipedia, I found that apparently in Finnish, ilma means "air".

In Maltese, of course, it means "water".

Now if somebody can dredge up two language where it means "fire" and "earth", respectively....

(A third language is optional, especially since the fifth element in the set of classical elements seems to vary widely from culture to culture, as does whether there are four or five in the first place. Though apparently, Chinese wu xing only share earth, fire, and water with most of the other traditions, but not air, having metal and wood instead.)

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