[tlhIngan Hol] {SorHa'} ? Of course.. But with jay' what ?

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 08:17:13 PDT 2016

Obviously we are understanding differently the concept of what a
metaphor actually is.

The way I understand the whole matter, not only a phrase, but a word
as well may be used metaphorically.

We say "debt haircut" ; we don't mean that the debt of a country has
hair, but we use the word "haircut" in a metaphoric way.

That however, is something we cannot do in klingon, thus the original
question of this thread.


On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 4:30 PM, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu> wrote:
> mayqel qunenoS:
>> So, we have the word {SorHa'}, meaning "to speak metaphorically".
>>  <...>
>> But then, how is someone supposed to speak metaphorically ?
> Two good metaphors come from Spock's intentionally confusing statement to the android Norman (TOS "I, Mudd"):  "Logic is a little bird tweeting in a meadow.
> Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers that smells bad."
> {Sor} "speak literally" and {SorHa'} "speak metaphorically" may themselves be metaphors:
> (Qov, 7/29/2013):  [Okrand] appears to agree that [{SorHa'}] implies {Sor} means "speak literally", and that this is connected to the expression {lugh; Sor rur} ["correct as a tree"].
> As an added bonus, {Sor} is also a pun:
> (qurgh, 5/16/2016):  I can tell you the pun ({Sor}) is one Okrand really likes, and it's not on the word "sure". I can't give any more, as I've been literally sworn to secrecy.
> I think qunnoq himself figured it out right after qurgh's clue:
> {Sor} -> shore -> littoral -> literal -> speak literally?
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