tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun May 23 09:51:01 1999

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Re: first post

You seem to know about this posting thing  this is a little more than i can handle
how do i remove my name from this list?

Steven Boozer wrote:

> Ed Heil wrote:
> : As my first post to the Hol list, not having yet defined a Klingon
> : personality or learned very much, may I ask the experienced listemes
> : to take a look at my first Klingon sentence (below, in sig) and point
> : out any mistakes I may have made?
> Welcome to the list, Ed.  Our Beginning Grammarian, pagh, will no doubt
> respond
> too, but as he's been fairly busy for the last couple of weeks I thought I
> would step in.  I remember how anxious I was for feedback after my first
> tlhIngan Hol post.
> :              "QuchwIj Dayachqang'a' bang-wIj?"
> :        Klingon for "Want to stroke my forehead, babe?"
> "Are you willing to stroke my forehead, my love?"
> This is pretty good, except for the last word.  {-wIj}, without the hyphen, is
> used only for those items incapable of using language: i.e. things (including
> animals), like foreheads.  Use {-wI'} for people.  Klingons are very touchy
> about this and will take offence if you refer to them as a thing.  Many
> beginners are confused by this distinction at first; Okrand's explanation in
> TKD could have been a bit clearer.  In fact, if you want to keep the
> colloquial
> tone of "babe", omit the possessive suffix entirely:
>   QuchwIj Dayachqang'a', bang?
> Okrand did just this in one of the Klingon sentences he provided for the
> British television magazine, Radio Times:
>   HIchop, bang.
>   Give us a kiss, love. ("Bite me, love.")
> Finally for the sake of completeness, a more literal translation of the
> English
> "do you want to ..." would be:
>   QuchwIj Dayach DaneH'a', bangwI'?
>   Do you want to stroke my forehead, my love?
> --
> Voragh
> Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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