[tlhIngan Hol] Expressing surprise

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 16 11:10:39 PDT 2017

(TKD 6.4):  The question word chay' "how?" may be used as a one-word sentence meaning “How did this happen? What happened? What the--?”


From: tlhIngan-Hol [mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org] On Behalf Of nIqolay Q

There's a few examples you could use when surprised, though the emotion they suggest is more confusion than surprise:

{qaStaH nuq jay'} "What the hell is going on?" (from ST6, I think)
{chay'} "What the-?" (from TKD)
(Maybe you could add {jay'} to the previous example to get {chay' jay'} ("What the hell-?"), which has a nice rhyme to it.)

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