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RE: Favourite Klingon Proverb

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



Thorwald Peeters:
>[mupwI' yI'uchtaH] vIparHa'qu'. vIttlegh mu'tlhegh je.
>I love "keep holding the hammer". Both as a proverb as well as as a
>sentence.

Just playing around with your comment... I think if you tag {vIttlhegh mu'tlhegh je} with {-'e'} "topic" and move them to the front in apposition to the proverb quoted, this would sound more "Klingon":

  vIttlhegh'e' mu'tlhegh'e' je [mupwI' yI'uchtaH] vIparHa'qu'.

We've seen this sort of "fronting" before:

  HaqwI''e' DaH yISam
  Find the SURGEON now!"  TKD
  ("As for the surgeon, find him now!")

  cheng'e' DaH yISam 
  Find Chang.  ST6
  ("As for Chang, find him now!")

  qIbDaq SuvwI''e' SoH Dun law' Hoch Dun puS 
  You would be the greatest warrior in the galaxy.  ST5
  ("WRT warrior[s] in the galaxy, you are the greatest [of all]."


 
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Voragh                          
Canon Master of the Klingons






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