[tlhIngan Hol] When better is missing go with preferable

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 23:02:33 PDT 2016

David Holt :
> Please give me a more complete example with full context.

You're right on the fact that I wouldn't use the phrase "my phone is
better" at the beginning of a conversation, without specifying the

However, if I was writing a review comparing two phones, and at the
end of the comparison came to an overall conclusion, then I would say
something like "overall this phone is better".

And if I was writing in klingon, then I would say "this phone is preferable".


On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 2:30 AM, David Holt <kenjutsuka at live.com> wrote:
> jatlh mayqel qunenoS:
>> I was trying to find a way to express "better" by using a single word;
>> not through the use of suffixes and context, or the {law'/puS}
>> construction.
>> for example "my phone is better" ; not "my phone is better than yours".
> I have to admit that I don't think I understand what you mean by, "my phone
> is better".  "Better" is a comparative.  It has to compare at least two
> things.  If you said that to me, I would probably say, "Better than what?"
> Perhaps some context would help.  If I was talking a lot about how great my
> phone was and you said, "My phone is better," I think we could all assume
> that you meant, "My phone is better than your phone."  Fortunately, Klingon
> DOES allow us to say that, we just can't leave off the second half to be
> assumed, we must state it explicitly and fully.  I can't imagine any
> situation where "better" does not at least assume a second thing for
> comparison.  Please give me a more complete example with full context.
> Jeremy
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