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Re: New Words Correction

peHruS wrote:

>tlhIngan Hol yejHaD mu'mey chu' ghomDaq vIlaD:
>   tangqa' - animal species with both genders resembling Terran bull
>lugh'a' "of either gender"?

"In the epic, Gilgamesh and Enkidu battle the Bull of Heaven. The Klingon 
translation (allegedly found on a barren planetoid) contains the phrase: 
{QI'tu' tangqa'}. Although {QI'tu'} 'heaven' is a familiar enough term, 
{tangqa'} is clearly something new. Maltz graciously provided the following 
brief explanation: There's this Klingon animal, you see, which is kind of 
bull-like. It's called a {tangqa'}. Both male and female ones are called 
{tangqa'}. So it doesn't really mean 'bull.' But it certainly looks like 
one. Or more like a bull than anything else."

[word supplied by Okrand, HQ 9.4]

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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