[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: neSlo'

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 23:38:15 PDT 2018


On Wed, 15 Aug 2018 at 22:33, Ed Bailey <bellerophon.modeler at gmail.com>
wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 12:04 PM, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu>
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> (HQ 10.4):  Maltz blurted out that there are two common words for
>> mirror:  {SIla'} and {neSlo'}.  He said that a {SIla'} was typically larger
>> than a {neSlo'}, but he wasn't sure if there was any other difference.
>>
>> neSlo' tonSaw' Qav
>> The Final Reflection (novel by John Ford)
>>
>>   "[For] The Final Reflection ... if reflection, as in image in a mirror
>> is needed, he [Maltz] offered {neSlo' tonSaw' Qav}." (Okrand to qurgh,
>> 9/01/2010)
>>
>>   "We went with {neSlo' tonSaw' Qav} for the title of the book, since
>> reflection, in this case, refers to version of *klinzha* that is played
>> with a mirror." (qurgh, 9/01/2010)
>>
>>   "It's an interpretative translation of the name of a book: The Final
>> Reflection. The reference is to a variant of a Klingon chess-like game in
>> which the player is simultaneously trying both to capture the goal and to
>> move to avoid letting the goal be captured." (ghunchuwI', 8/01/2017]
>
>
> From this title translation, I am inclined to expect that one says {SIla'}
> primarily for a mirror whose size has been established as large and that,
> if the size hasn't been established or isn't relevant, {neSlo'} is the more
> likely term, the way we use "cow" generically (if incorrectly) for cattle
> regardless of their sex. jIjatlhchugh <neSlo' HInob!> ghaytan SIla' je
> vIlo'laH. jIjatlhchugh <SIla' HInob!> ghaytan yapbe' neSlo'.
>

Maybe that's only because a board game is approximately the size of a
{neSlo'}, and if we were talking about a game played with much larger
pieces, {SIla'} would be more appropriate.

-- 
De'vID
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