tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Jan 08 14:48:03 1999
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Quite a few more word puns
- From: "Patrick Masterson" <email@example.com>
- Subject: Quite a few more word puns
- Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 14:47:45 PST
I went through my Klingon literature and noticed a few more puns. (Well
I *think* they're puns. Either that or they're merely coincidences and I
was looking way too hard.)
bIghHa' = jail
If you pronounce this one out loud, it sort of sounds like a shortened
form of "big house," which in some places is a slang term for jail.
qompogh = In KGT, Okrand describes a dish that is made my mashing
vegetable matter into a nice paste and then fermenting it. "qompogh"
sounds sort of like "compost."
qettlhup = In KGT, Okrand also describes a type of sauce, called
qettlhup. If you were to ask for ketchup in a Klingon eating
establishmet, you would probably get this, as "ketchup" and "qettlhup"
sound quite similar. (At least they sound alike more than my other
tIq = heart
A heart is sometimes referred to as a "ticker."
vut = cook (v)
"vut" sounds like "food" pronounced with an accent. (What type of
accent I'm not sure.)
yay = victory
This looks like, but doesn't sound like, the exclamation "yay!",
which is used sometimes used as a exclamation of victory, success,
happiness, etc. usually by children. (Or if you've seen Monty Python and
the Holy Grail: "And they were forced to eat Robin's minstrels, and
there was much rejoicing." "Yay!")
SoSBor = motherboard
I found this on the KLI new words list. SoS is "mother" and "bor", well,
sounds like board.
qIl = cancel (v)
qIl sounds like "kill", which (metaphorically at least) could be used to
mean "cancel," as they both refer to ending something.
run = be short in stature
Just add a "t" to the end of "run."
na'ran = In KGT, this is described as a sweet fruit which is usually
used for marinades, but which Terrans seem to like the juice of the
na'ran all by itself, especially in the morning. Sounds like an orange,
which the Spanish word for is, coincidentally (?) "naranja."
tay' = be together (v)
"tay'" sounds like "tie." If you tie to things to each other, they're
'Iw = blood
Say it out loud and it sounds like "Ewww!", an expression of disgust.
Blood (especially in large quantities) is quite capable of making many
people disgusted. (Do you suppose that perhaps Okrand is a little
grossed out by blood? Hmm...)
I know this was probly to make Okrand's job easier, but does anyone else
find it odd that two languages which (supposedly) developed light years
apart both just happen to have similar alphabetical order?
(Curiouser and curiouser...)
Well, that's the puns. Do you think they may actually be intentional, or
do you think I need to spend more of my free time outside?
P.S. Is there a word or phrase for pun in Klingon? My guess is mu' qID
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