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Re: Klingon in the News

ja' SuStel:
>Hey, guys, let's not forget that {much} means "perform music," not "perform
>things in general."  Nowhere do we learn that you can use {much} to describe
>putting on a play.

Back up a bit and look at the *real* meaning of {much}: "present".  It's
completely reasonable and understandable to use it to talk about putting
on a play.  This is not a case of crossing over from the "perform music"
meaning; it's using the word in its original sense.

>I've also seen {Da} be over-/misused for "act" and {DawI'} for "actor,"
>without sufficient supporting evidence.  I winced no more at peHruS' usage
>of it than anyone else's.  Let's all just cut that right out, shall we?

{DawI'} for "actor" needs no supporting evidence beyond the definition
of the verb {Da} and the trivial fact that it's what an actor does.  I
don't think it's a misuse of the word at all.  And {Da} for "act" isn't
immediately wrong, unless the object isn't the thing or person being
emulated.  I winced at {gholpu' luDa} for "act out 'Rivals'" because of
the odd object, not because of the verb itself being used in this context.
(Actually, I didn't know what the context was to begin with, so I didn't
have any clue that there was anything wrong except the prefix.)

-- ghunchu'wI'

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