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Just offhand, joka lähtöön feels a little newer than 1940s, but he would certainly have been willing to throw it in if it was prevalent already then.
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Vähäpätöinen is fitting for the pseudo-Sinuhean, dry, observant, narrative register demonstrated by Hank. ;) My point was it sounds a bit stiff for a modern conversation where I imagined myself reacting to some eyebrow-raising tenets held essential by the followers of some supposed god. To discuss "gods of little importance" you would either have to buy the premise of there being a god (or a plurality of them) and accept that they really are actors in this world, or take the scholarly birds-eye view about religions where you take no such stance at all and just compare the degree of influence the various gods or religions exert upon the believers. The sentence used as a starting point in this thread sounds more like a personal reaction to some incident or doctrine where you half believe in the existence of the said god yourself or are at least willing to humor the thought for the sake of argument.AldenG wrote:Who knows how these associations get filed or misfiled where they do, but I think my original feeling that made vähäpätöinen percolate up was a dismissive sort of "trivial; not worth my attention; less important than he/it thinks they are." I guess a good word after deliberation would be "minor" in the sense of "some kind of minor bureaucrat in the Sultan's court" filing papers nobody will ever see again or "a minor god in the Roman pantheon." I could probably have done better at putting that into one English word.
Of course vähäpätöinen may still not be an apt (or contextually compatible) Finnish word for that, either, but that's the direction I was trying to go with it. On reflection, I suppose mitätön would be an improvement? Maybe a bit stronger than I first had in mind, but more contextually congruent?
On edit: "a God of little importance." Suggestions?