See also: Tetis and Tétis

Latvian edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Baltic *tet- (with expressive lengthening: eē), from Proto-Indo-European *teta, *tata-, probably formed (via child language) by reduplication from Proto-Indo-European *átta (father). Cognates include Lithuanian tė̃tis (dad), tetà (aunt), Old Prussian thetis (grandfather), Russian dialectal та́та (táta), Polish tata, Czech táta (dad), teta (aunt), Gothic 𐌰𐍄𐍄𐌰 (atta), Sanskrit ततः (tataḥ), Ancient Greek τέττα (tétta), τατᾶ (tatâ) (vocative), Latin tata (child language), Welsh tad.[1]

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Noun edit

tētis m (2nd declension)

  1. father, dad (with more emotional attachment)
  2. mamma un tēti! vēstule būs pavisam īsa — mum and dad! (this) letter will be very short
    un tad es katru dienu būšu pie tevis, tēt!and then every day I'll be with you, dad!
    tagad rakstniecei 71 gads, tēvs miris, kad viņai bija trīspadsmit gadi, bet viņa mums stāsta par savu tēti, it kā tas vakar būtu aizgājisthe writer is now 71, (her) father died when she was 13, but she told us about her dad as if he had gone yesterday
  3. (colloquial) older man, old man
    sirms tētisa gray-haired old man

Usage notes edit

In most dialects, the term tētis has more emotional overtones than its more neutral synonym tēvs.

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References edit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992) “tētis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN