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Re: {'Iv} and {law'}/{puS}

ghunchu'wI' (

On Jun 26, 2009, at 7:32 PM, Mark J. Reed wrote:

> Spun off Mr. Everson's North Wind and Sun translation thread, does
> this work for a certain zippy retort from that Other space opera?
> 'Iv Dogh law' 'Iv Dogh puS: qoH ghap qoHvam tlha'bogh qoH'e' ?

I can't make much sense out of it.  I don't recognize the phrase, and  
I don't even know which "other space opera" you might mean.

I can figure out that the first part is supposed to be "Who is more  
silly than whom?", but I still think that using {'Iv} in both halves  
of the comparative construction is weird.  The second part looks to  
me like a bunch of words with no coherent grammar holding them  
together.  Either something is misspelled or the noun conjunction  
{ghap} is misplaced, but without knowing the meaning, I can't tell  
what needs to be fixed.

> And if not, how can one ask such "Who is more X?" type questions?

I think my earlier suggestion of {'Iv X law' latlh X puS} works.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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