[tlhIngan Hol] wikiwiki (was Re: Klingon Weather Forecast)

Michael Roney, Jr. nahqun at gmail.com
Wed Aug 2 12:35:34 PDT 2017

wiki vs. To hurry, hasten; quick, fast, swift

~Michael Roney, Jr. Sent from my Palm Prē 
-------- Original message --------From: mayqel qunenoS <mihkoun at gmail.com> Date: 8/2/17  15:30  (GMT-05:00) To: tlhingan-hol at kli.org Subject: Re: [tlhIngan Hol] wikiwiki (was Re: Klingon Weather Forecast) 
lieven:> Most don't even knwo what it meant initially.
vaj, tagha'Ha' nuq 'oH ?
so, what did it mean initially ?

On 2 Aug 2017 10:01 pm, "Lieven" <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:
Am 02.08.2017 um 20:47 schrieb Michael Roney, Jr.:

Lieven, if you wouldn't mind, could you inform Maltz that "wiki" is a Hawaiian word and not an English one.

And then I'll likely shut up on the matter.

I'll try what I can do, because I am not in direct contact with Maltz.

I guess the basic problem is that Maltz is a Klingon informant in contact with the federation, whose primary language is "Federation Standard", i.e. English. This explains why nearly all of the loanword are based on English and not anything else.

For instance, see {pIqarD}, which should be "pIyqagh" from the French pronunciation, or {'anyan} and other fruits which is different in most languages on earth.

You may also see it from this perspective: Maltz was asked if he new what a wiki is by an English speaker. Maltz didn't know the word and just repeated it how he heard it, and that's what Marc Okrand wrote down.

Am 02.08.2017 um 20:56 schrieb nIqolay Q:

> One could make the argument that it's an English word that was derived

> from Hawaiian. The English word "wiki" doesn't mean the same as the

> Hawaiian, for instance.

Good point. English speakers - especially computer geeks - see the word wiki as a term for some computer system. Most don't even knwo what it meant initially.


Lieven L. Litaer

aka Quvar valer 'utlh

Grammarian of the KLI




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