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I love you? (Ha' vs. be')



>From: (Mark E. Shoulson) shoulson@ctr.columbia.edu
>Date: Thu, 21 Oct 93 17:06:41 -0400
>Subject: I love you?
>
>>From: "Matt Gomes" <m_gomes@macsmtp.kla.com>
>>Date: 21 Oct 1993 12:40:33 -0800
>
>>Since muSHa' = "to love" then qamuSHa' is "I love you"?  (Hey!  Maybe I'm
>>catching on now!
>
>First I ever heard of {muSHa'} was as a coinage of Krankor's, and he wasn't
>using it to refer to romantic love, but hey, I'd agree that "muS" applies
>to a person, why shouldn't "muSHa'"?  (so long as we agree it doesn't mean
>"to hate badly" :))  I might still prefer "bangwI' SoH", but why not
>"qamuSHa'"? 

I thought -Ha' was "to undo"?  If muS is "to hate", then you'd want muSbe'
wouldn't you?  It's a thin line, but I was always under the impression that
"-be'" NEGATED the verb, while "-Ha'" UNDID the verb...

muSHa' would be "to stop hating", while muSbe' would be "to not hate", or
"to love".

...Paul




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