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Re: Klingon WOTD: qarDaSngan (n)

At 11:26 AM 12/27/1999 -0600, you wrote:
>Tom West wrote:
>: How would you translate the name for their planet
>: Cardassia Prime?   Would it be qarDaSya prIm?
>"Prime" is an English word, short for primary.  If this is actually how the
>Cardassians (and others) refer to their homeworld I would translate it, not
>transcribe it, and say {qarDaS wa'DIch} or {qarDaS wa'}.  

I wouldn't use "qarDaS wa'".  That implies that the planet is the first
planet away from it's sun, for which we have no evidence.


You might also be
>able to get away with {qarDaS'a'} in context, but I prefer the {wa'DIch}
>Okrand lists {qarDaS} "Cardassia" in KGT.  IIRC he doesn't give *{qarDaSya'},
>but does say that the old-fashioned {-ya'} form of planet names such as
>{DenIbya'} Denebia and {'orghenya'} Organia are being replaced in "current"
>(i.e. 24th century) Klingon usage by the shorter and more Klingon-sounding
>{DenIb} and {'orghen}.
>OTOH, he also lists {Sorya'} Sauria in KGT -- as in {Sorya' HIq} "Saurian
>brandy".  Perhaps because the short form {Sor} also means "tree", it isn't
>used.  (Hmm... *{Sor HIq} "wood alcohol"?)
>Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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