Why does "merk" mean "meld"? Is it Japanese, Hymmnos, or something else?

According to the EXA_PICO Universe Wiki's Grathmeld article, in the original Japanese, it's グラスメルク, or "Glassmerk"?

Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel Original Soundtrack Disc 2: Song 24 is originally titled as Merk~Tilia in English letters, which makes me think it's Hymmnos. A translation is Meld~Tilia.

I haven't seen any "merk" entry in any Hymmnos vocabulary list, so I'm not sure what language "merk" is from.

Although, I suppose it could be a distortion of "make" or something, if it is Hymmnos?


It comes from the German word Merck, and it's just the shorthand variation for Glassmerk. So it's just a made-up term that is not in Japanese or any of the conlangs made for the series.

First, Merk is the official romanization Gust gave to メルク, and the only relationship there seems to be is the name of a pharmaceutical company and Gust's liking for German-sounding names. So they just grabbed that as what they thought most convenient as the name for a synthesis system for their made-up world.

  • Do you have a source for this? – Malady Dec 11 '18 at 21:42
  • You can check yourself in any of the available Japanese dictionaries and Hymmnos lexicons for that. – aquagon Dec 11 '18 at 22:20
  • I can't find anything that says what you say, and it seems that this lexicon has no entry on Merk. ... conlang.wikia.com/wiki/Hymmnos/Lexicon – Malady Dec 11 '18 at 22:50
  • If it doesn't appear in any of the known Hymmnos lexicons, game dialogues or song lyrics, it doesn't exist as a Hymmnos word. It's as simple as that. – aquagon Dec 12 '18 at 1:15
  • So, what's your source of "Merk" as a derivate from the German, "Merck"? – Malady Dec 12 '18 at 1:38

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