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Re: qep'a' pa' qoch vInej

ghItlh peHruS:
>don't want to pick on ghunchu'wI' here.  MO is WRONG.  MO clearly lists
>{wa'Hu'} and {wa'leS} as two-syllable single words on p. 113 of TKD.  MO
>should have separated these glosses into a number and a NOUN.

perhabs these two words wa'leS and wa'Hu' developped to one word, just like
in germanic languages.
  "Yesterday" comes from something like "yester" and "day", which means "the
other day". In german, it is only "gestern", so without "day".
  "tomorrow" comes from to+morrow, where "morrow" means the next day. In
German - again - it's only "morgen".
  "today" is the same: to+day. In german it is "heute", which comes from no'
Hol German "hiutu", which is "hiu" + "tagu". "hiu" is "from", and "tagu".
Tag (day) comes from indogerman *dheguh*, meaning "burning", thus the day
was the "bright time". In dutch it is "vandaag" (from-day) (cf german).

Now to Kingon again:
{Hu'} is to me a noun, meaning "days ago"
{vagh leS}, "five days-ago's"
{wa'leS} was used so often in daily use, that it became one word.
Like english: there is no single word for "five days ago", but there is one
for "one day ago".

Quvar muHwI'

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