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pIqaD IS written from center out

>From: Pillow <>
>Subject: HolQeD Dec '92
>Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 14:03:46 -0800

Pillow: On page 17 of HolQeD Vol 1, Number 4 ; the Great Palindrome Contest 
the text mentions that the pIqaD is written from the center outward.
Is there any other canon source describing this? Any descriptions or 
examples to study?
Is this opinion, hypothesis or accepted by the KLI as the only correct usage 
concerning pIqaD glyph substitution for romanized tlhIngan Hol?

Satlho' for any insights to my query.
Ms. Pillow / pIl'o' tai-GowRon

>David: There's no CANON source that states this (at least, AFAIK). IMHO, 
>pIqaD it written with lines centered simply for visual effect. "Normal" 
>writtings (whatever those are) are probably done from the left-hand margin.

In short, we don't know exactly HOW pIqaD is written.



ngghoy: Actually Pillow, David's response wasn't exactly true. In fact we DO 
know "how" the pIqaD is written. There IS an interview with Okrand by Jeff 
Lee in the very first HolQeD where the pIqaD is mentioned (Vol.1, No.1, pg. 

Just in case you don't have a copy, here is the "relevant" dialogue in 
regard to your questions:

Okrand: "Klingon goes from the center outward.."

Lee: "So Klingon goes from the center outwards?

Okrand: "Yes. Sometimes when you see writing on the screen, you'll see it 
start in the center and go outward."

So here you have another Canon source which describes and thus confirms that 
the pIqaD is indeed written from the center out. In addition, since it is 
stated by Okrand himself, it would naturally follow that this is the 
accepted usage by the KLI.

As for examples to study, maybe you should follow "the writing on the 
screen". However, where this occurs, I do not know.


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