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Re: Mu'mey chu'

I say he HAS used {-qu'} to mean "too much."  However, there's a distinction
to be made.  {-qu'} does not have a GRAMMATICAL meaning of "too much."
However, a sentence might gain a "too much" meaning with the addition of
{-qu'}.  It's all to do with the semantics and context of the sentence.

I might translate {tujqu'choH QuQ} as "The engines are superheating."  More
literally, this still means "The engines become very hot."  However, while
"superheating" does not inherently mean "too much" (you can superheat
materials, and they're not heated too much), the sentence "The engines are
superheating" DOES mean the engines are getting too hot.  It's all about

My own opinion is not to go and say "This is what Okrand REALLY meant,"
because it's clear that Okrand didn't really mean it until he came up with
the new word.  Rather, it's more useful to remember that we (including
Okrand) know this NOW, and not to revise every sentence that's come out.  If
nothing else, it makes the newbies think that we're not willing to admit we
were wrong!

Stardate 99775.2

----- Original Message -----
From: William H. Martin <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, October 10, 1999 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: Mu'mey chu'

> Apparently, he has never really used it to mean "too much". We
> read that into {tujqu'choH QuQ}, translated as "The engines are
> overheating," but apparently that was an interpretation of
> simply saying, "The engines are becoming very hot." One supposes
> that a Klingon engineer would not bother saying this unless it
> was a signficant development.
> If he ever HAS used {-qu'} to mean "too much", then that was
> apparently no' Hol. Any time you want to mean "too much", use
> {tlhoy}.

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