[tlhIngan Hol] To indicate many millenia ago

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 06:06:45 PST 2016

On 6 December 2016 at 18:25, André Müller <esperantist at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wonder if {DIS ret} is possible as a kind of synonym of {ben}. I wouldn't
> use it. But it might not be strictly wrong.

{cha' vatlh DIS ret} is correct Klingon for "two centuries ago".

See HolQeD 8:3.
<<With longer time periods, such
as a century ({vatlh DIS poH}),
millennium ({SaD DIS poH}), or a
period of 10,000 years ("myriad,"
perhaps) ({netlh DIS poH}), the words
{ret} or {pIq} may be used in place of
{poH}, e.g., {cha' vatlh DIS poH} <two
centuries>, but {cha' vatlh DIS ret} <two
centuries ago>. The phrase {cha' vatlh
ben} would mean "200 years ago."
The choice of construction depends
on what is being emphasized: in this
case, the total number of centuries
(two) or the total number of years


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