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Re: agentive -wI' wrote:

> I think from looking at the specific examples and their definitions, it really
> is the case that these are words in their own right. {rachwI'} was built as a
> word because a word was needed and the person did this function, so it made
> sense to name the noun after the verb using {-wI'}. I don't think that nurses
> have a lot of different names for them for all the different verbs they do.

On October 20, 1998, Marc Okrand wrote in the startrek.klingon newsgroup:
There is no single term for "nurse," as distinguished from "physician's
assistant."  Voragh's suggestions (/Qel boQ/ "doctor's aide," /HaqwI' boQ/
"surgeon's aide") are fine and both could be used.  Qov's suggestion,
/QelHom/, consisting of /Qel/ "doctor" plus the diminutive suffix /-Hom/, is
also an acceptable form (and is an excellent illustration of the diminutive
suffix -- the word means "not quite a doctor" or "lesser doctor" or the

Another word sometimes applied to the person a Federation patient might refer
to as a "nurse" is /rachwI'/.  The verb /rach/ has been translated variously
as "invigorate,"  "fortify," and "strengthen."  Thus /rachwI'/ (/rach/ plus
the suffix /-wI'/ "one who does") is an "invigorator, fortifier,
strengthener." [...]

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