I had a girl here then called Ata to do the rooms; she was some sort of a relation of mine, and her father and mother were dead, so I had her to live with me.
"'Now, what do you say to marrying Ata? She's a good girl and she's only seventeen.
Ata is a sensible girl, and she doesn't expect any ceremony before the Mayor.
"Then he said: `But what does Ata say to it?' `It appears that she has a beguin for you,' I said.
"`Well, Ata,' he said, 'do you fancy me for a husband.'
Ata continued to do the housework, and I gave him his meals as I said I would.
Ata's property was right away in a fold of the mountain.
Lu and lo, Bradley knew to mean man and woman; ata
; was employed variously to indicate life, eggs, young, reproduction and kindred subject; cos was a negative; but in combination they were meaningless to the European.
The word is derived from two others: Lua, meaning sun, and ata, meaning variously eggs, life, young, and reproduction.
They speak of ata and cor sva jo, meaning reproduction and from the beginning, and point toward the south; but no one has a mother.
All they vouchsafed in way of explanation was the single word Ata
. They tried to get Lys to go in with them and could not understand why she refused.
Pottle, a second-generation trucking company owner who runs Pottle's Transportation in Bangor, Maine, is finishing his term as the ATA
's chairman and reported on the progress the association has made in the past year to McLeod customers, employees and vendors.