tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Mar 04 16:20:13 1994

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Including Translations

>From: [email protected] ("Coz")
>Date: Fri, 4 Mar 1994 02:45:10 -0700 (MST)

>>Do you want me to start including the terran translations for everything I 
>>send to you?  Will that help you?  It isn't a problem...
>>'ej be' jIHbejqu'.  {{;)
>>--HoD trI'Qal
>>  tlhwD lIy So'

>Please do!  The best way to learn a new language is to hear (in this case
>read) it in use and have it translated.  After repeated exposure to the
>same words, one becomes familiar with them...

A suggestion... I once did something similar on this list, posting in
Klingon with English translation in rot13 format.  'Course I hadn't counted
on the fact that not everyone's familiar with rot13...

Rot13 is just a plain Caesar cipher, in which each letter is rotated 13
positions down the alphabet.  So A becomes M, B becomes N, and so on.  (the
advantage of 13 is that the encryption and decryption methods are
identical).  It's often used on the net to provide a "plain wrapper" as it
were for possibly offensive postings or spoilers to riddles, forcing the
user to choose whether or not to read without thrusting the answer right in
his face.  Many mailers support rot13 for just such occasions, and there
are simple commands to do it anyway...  but I guess we really can't expect
everyone to have the same systems or the familiarity with them to concoct
the right decrypters...  Oh, well.  I guess it's not the best plan.


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