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Re: KGT: naHjej or neHjej?

jatlh charghwI':

> At this point, I'd consider either one to be correct. Both
> exist in canon. {neHjej} can be easily found in the word
> list, so using it is fine. Meanwhile, {naHjej} is clearly
> the way he originally intended the word to be used, so, it
> would be hard to call it wrong. In English, we have one
> word spelled "blond" and another spelled "blonde". Which
> one is right?

When referring to a man, "blond" is correct.  When referring to a woman,
"blonde" is correct.

"Blond/blonde" is the only instance of adjectival gender left in English.
(Y'know, how Spanish would have "muchacho feo" and "muchacha fea," for
instance.  The adjective has a gender-based form.  Well, "blond/blonde" is
the only English adjective which does this.)

Note that most people do not know this distinction.  Very soon, in
language-scale, "blond/blonde" will probably settle into one form, or at
least lose any distinction it once had.  Those who do know of the two
spellings usually don't know what they mean, anyway.

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