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Re: Klingon WOTD: nuqDaq (ques)

At 09:30 02-08-27 -0400, lab SuStel
>From: "Quvar valer" <>
> > >nuqDaq waqwIj vIlamHa'choHmoH
> > >Where can I get my shoes cleaned? TKD
> >
> > I know it's like that in TKD, but why is it not
> > {vIlamHa'choHmoHlaH} "Where CAN I get..." ?
> > Or is it the english translation that is wrong?
>In English we frequently use "can" when we really should use "may" or "do."
>A more literal translation of the Klingon is "Where do I begin to clean my

I would prefer to explain it as "where do I make my shoes change to be 
non-dirty?"  Sometimes "begin" is the best translation of -choH, but here 
it is a change suffix.

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