Person Vocab

 

One cultural difference that may get lost in translation is related to the two words you just learned: gisigu and gisiguisgw. The English translation we give just says "old man" and "old woman", but in English both of those phrases may not seem as respectful as the Mi'gmaq words actually are.

In Mi'gmaq it isn't insulting to be called gisigu or gisiguisgw. These words indicate people who have fully matured and grown, who know as much as they are ever going to know. Somebody who is a gisigu or gisiguisgw is to be respected; it is not insulting to use those words (unless you are talking about somebody who is clearly not elderly).

Vocabulary Section 1
 

gisigu

old man

 
 

gisiguisgw

old woman

 
 

ji'nm

man

 
 

e'pit

woman

 
 

ji'nmji'j

young man

 
 

e'pite's

young woman

 
 

lpa'tuj

boy

 
 

e'pite'ji'j

girl

 
 

mijua'ji'j

young child, baby

 
 

qopisun

newborn