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F'tiz is a societal concept among the Brechan people which is commonly accepted to mean "passion" but has, over time, been a great source of conflict among philologists. The term is derived from The Fall, an ancient Brechan text documenting the abandonment of Ayaroka by the Negasi, written in a strange provincial script of Adala'ehkt and matched in literary quality and importance only by the Text of Xikix. The last three lines of this seminal literary work (which are the source of this term) are blurry and of such complex syntax that they are very difficult to translate—hence the term's ambiguity. The original passage (rendered phonetically in more familiar characters) is as follows:

(1)Ayk, kl trnn dur tren e fefd ji sisi Negasi,
(2)kl dur fuup hu tii e slii.
(3)Wex ni a jun f'tiz


Urktoo Quiggs, one of the dozen or so scholars able to read the ancient script translated it as follows:

(1)Then, a period of decadence and decay befell the Negasi,
(2)Following after, a time of absolute decrepitude and dereliction.
(3)All this, because the people had lost their solidarity and passion.

However, Bistleworth Jenkins, no less an esteemed authority on language, instead translated the passage from The Fall as follows:

(1)Then, a period of decadence and decay befell the Negasi,
(2)Following after, a time of absolute decrepitude and dereliction.
(3)All this, because they started alliterating with 'd' too much.

Quigg's "solidarity and passion" has become the primary translation whilst Jenkins' "alliterating with 'd' too much" has thrived as the accepted translation only in very narrow circles. The Brechan people, at least the Engineers, felt that Quigg's translation added more austerity and moral weight to their culture's finest literary work. The Jenkins translation is now banned in Ayaroka. The Brechan have made f'tiz a large part of their life; they incorporated the term into their religion and their zoology (see: Bilbipno). A loss of f'tiz is a suspect in the downfall of the now-forgotten Migys people.


Citations: Bilbipno , Text of Xikix , Migys

--Commissar Ben 02:45, October 12, 2010 (UTC)

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