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RE: nom

: jatlh muHwI':
:> {nom SIm} means "he calculates quickly"
:> A {SImwI'} is a calculator, or "somebody who calculates".
:> Can {nom SImwI'} be "someone who calculates quickly", or "fast
:> calculator"??
: Not really. Adverbials like <nom> modify whole sentences, not nouns.
: Consider <nom SImwI' vIHoH>. I'm not killing the one who calculates quickly;
: I'm quickly killing the calculator.
: pagh

In English adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, while in
Klingon adverbials modify only the entire clause or sentence, which may
consist of a single conjugated verb.  Some examples:

	DaHjaj nom Soppu' 
	Today they ate quickly. TKD 

	nom yISop! 
	Eat them quickly! 
	(lit. "Eat it quickly!" referring to {qagh}, which can sometimes be plural 
	in English but is always singular in Klingon)

	nom QaH yIqem! 
	Get help quickly! CK

	nom yIghoSqu'!  (or: nom! yIghoSqu'!)
	Maximum speed. ST5 

	tIqIpqu' 'ej nom tIqIp 
	Hit them hard and hit them fast. TKW

:> It's for a klingon name, like ghunchu'wI' or charghwI' or 'oghwI'...
:> or: muHwI'  }}:-)

You may want to use the verb {moD} "hurry": {moDbogh SImwI'} "the hurrying
calculator", but that makes a lousy name.  

Speaking of which...  according to KGT, {chelwI'} is a slang term for an
accountant, financier, someone who deals in finances/accounting, etc.,
literally meaning "one who adds" {chel}.  Considering negative Klingon
(warrior) attitudes toward such people, you may want to rethink {SImwI'} as
a name.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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