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RE: Similies - <sentence expressing quality>; <noun phrase> rur

Steven Boozer (

Sorry.  That post got away from me before I finished writing it!

>>That's not right either. If we're to stick strictly to the form Okrand
>>uses for similes, it's
>>	 <sentence with verb of quality>; <noun phrase> rur
>>  	 <any sentence>; <noun phrase> rur
>>In other words, the purpose of the simile is to compare the *quality* of
>>something with a noun phrase that inherently has that quality.
>>    The first [sentence] attributes a quality to someone or something;
>>    the second makes use of the verb {rur} ("resemble") to link the
>>    quality to something that presumably epitomizes the quality.
>>    (KGT, p. 27)
>>{pe'} is not a verb that expresses a quality; it expresses an action. So
>>unless you want to describe the *quality* of the tubers, a simile is not
>>the right tool.

I wrote:
>For review, here's a list of known Klingon similes:
>ram; ghIlab ghew rur
>trivial as a glob fly  KGT
>let mInDu'Daj; Separmey rur
>Her eyes are hard; they resemble separ
>[Her eyes are as hard as separ-stones.] KGT
>HoSghaj; mupwI' rur
>powerful as a hammer KGT
>bIr; bortaS rur
>cold as revenge. KGT
>puj; bIQ rur
>weak as water. KGT
>HoS; 'Iw rur
>strong as blood. KGT
>'oj; bomwI' rur
>thirsty as a singer. KGT
>puj verengan; bIQ rur the
>Ferengi is as weak as water (HQ 13.1:9)
>[... etc.]

Here are examples of how the quality {rur} "resemble" is used normally (i.e. not in a cliché simile):

SuvwI' juHmey rur tachmey 
Bars resemble warriors' homes. CK 

Dejpu'bogh Hov rur qablIj 
Your face looks like a collapsed star! PK

Hov ghajbe'bogh ram rur pegh ghajbe'bogh jaj 
A day without secrets is like a night without stars. PK

matay'DI' vIHtaHbogh bIQ rur mu'qaDmey 
Between us, curses run like water. PK 

toQDujna' rurchu'! 
It [BoP ornament] looks so REAL! (Hallmark) 

Doq 'ej beqpuj rur 
(it) is {Doq} and resembles beqpuj (an orange mineral) KGT 

Doq 'ej Qaj wuS rur 
be orange/red and resemble kradge lips 
["The lips of the kradge are presumably a particular shade of brown."] (BBS 2/98)

Canon Master of the Klingons

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