tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Feb 12 08:18:59 1999

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RE: Happy belated birthday

> Thornton wrote:
> : I can wish someone a happy birthday by saying <qoSlIj Quchjaj!>. 
> This should be {Quchjaj qoSlIj} "May your birthday be happy!"  {qoS} is
> the subject and must follow the verb {Quch}.  {qoS Quch} is the noun
> phrase "a happy birthday", with {Quch} used "adjectivally".
Oops. I was thinking about toasts, which traditionally end in a verb 
that ends in <-jaj>.

> : How would I wish them a belated happy birthday?
> With a bigger gift? <g>
> Seriously, you can use {paS} "be late" (it's not in TKD but was heard in
> "Conversational Klingon" and later published in "Klingon for the Galactic
> Traveller"):  {Quchjaj qoSlIj paS} "May your late birthday be happy!"
> FYI, here are other birthday greetings I've seen on the list:
> 	qoSlIj yIlop!
> 	qoSlIj DatIvjaj!
> 	DuQuchmoHjaj qoSlIj!
> 	Quch qoSlIj 'e' vItul.
> 	yIlop!  qoSlIj 'oH jajvam'e'.
> I prefer a simple {qoSlIj yItIv} "Enjoy your birthday!".  This pattern
> works with all sorts of holidays, just substitute for {qoSlIj}.  Many of
> us use {yupma' yItIv} as an all-purpose holiday ("festival") greeting.
> That way we don't have to break our heads trying to translate the names of
> very un-Klingon holidays, which wouldn't be understood without an
> explanation anyway.

> -- 
> Voragh                       
> Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
~ Thornton

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