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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] 'contamination' and <-Ha'choHmoH>

Steven Boozer (

Ruben Molina wrote:
>> I am trying to render the concept of "contamination".
> How about {nItbe'} "impure"?
>> so, maybe <lammoHghach> works for 'contamination'...
> "The cause of being dirty."
>> But, what about: <Say'Ha'> 'be unclean' (?) and <lamHa'> 'be
>> not-dirty' (?)...  ?
> Say'be' = be unclean
> lambe' = be clean (be not-dirty)
> Say'Ha' = be de-cleaned
> lamHa' = be un-dirtied
>> So, I assume <Say'Ha'choHmoH> works as 'to contaminate'
>> And then <Say'Ha'choHmoHghach> would be 'contamination'. yes?
> *IF* we accept {Say'Ha'choHmoHghach}, I'd say it means "the causing of
> becoming decleaned." But I have yet to see a legitimate {-ghach} word with
> that many suffixes.

I agree with SuStel here.

Instead of creating an abstract multisyllabic {-ghach} noun, it might be best to go simpler.  We have a few qualities available:

Say' 		be clean
watlh  	be pure 
nIt 		be plain, be pure, be uncorrupted, be unsullied
 		 [only used in {ghe'naQ nIt} "grand opera"]
baQ 		be fresh, just picked
tlhol 	be raw, be unprocessed

lam  		be dirty 
ngIm  	be putrid
non 		be rotten
qal 		be corrupt
ragh 		decay
tlhuch 	exhaust [i.e. waste products]

and some general nouns:

lam  		dirt 
veQ		garbage
DI 		litter, rubble, debris
pIgh 		ruins
pugh 		dregs
chuvmey 	leftovers
taQbang 	exhaust

Specify what kind of contamination or pollution you're discussing: e.g. {bIQ nIt} and {bIQ Say'} (the former used for pristine, never-polluted water?), {muD lam}, {woj choHwI' pugh}, etc.

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