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RE: Yet another newbie!

Steven Boozer (

>>>>>I do not think I got it right, I think it should be:
>>>>>  {mu'Hom laDlu'taHviS yeplu'qu'niS}

>>>> "One must be very careful when (while) one reads the Dictionary."
>>>>"Dictionary" is {mu'ghom}.  A *{mu'Hom} - {mu'} "word" + {-Hom}
>>>>"diminutive" - would be a "wordlet, minor word, etc."  (A grammatical
>>>>"particle" perhaps?)

>>> I took it to mean "fine print".

>> maj! choyajpu'!

My mistake.  I was led astray by the fact that TKD doesn't have any fine print!

>Since -Hom isn't merely "small", but "minor", perhaps "fine print"
>could be handled as  mu'HomHey  "apparently minor words".

Fine print isn't necessarily {-Hom} "minor".  In fact, it's often more important than the regular print!  That's the very reason people use fine print, after all.

*{mu'mey mach[qu']} "[very] small words" might work.  (People always forget about {mach} "be small", preferring {-Hom} instead.)  

Another way to go would be *{mu'mey QIv} "inferior words" (i.e. fine print) vs. *{mu'mey nIv} "superior words" (i.e. regular print).  

But keep in mind that {mu'} "word" is a unit of speech, not necessarily print.  Cf. these expressions from KGT:

  mu'mey Doy'   old-fashioned speech ("tired words")
  mu'mey ghoQ   slang ("fresh words")
  mu'mey qar    standard or proper Klingon  ("accurate words")
  mu'mey ru'    made-up words, nonce words ("temporary words")

Some people on the List use {Degh} "symbol" or *{DeghHom} for "letter (of the alphabet)".  I've also seen *{Deghmey} and *{Deghghom} used for "font" (i.e. set of [written] symbols).  

And, since the native Klingon writing system is called {pIqaD}, maybe *{pIqaDHom} would work.  E.g.:

  mab DaqI'pa' Hoch pIqaDHom yIlaDchu'!
  Before you sign a contract (treaty), read all the fine print carefully!  

... at least for those written in Klingon.  <g>

Canon Master of the Klingons

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