[tlhIngan Hol] Words from The Little Prince

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Aug 31 10:57:02 PDT 2018

I don't suppose during your discussion with Okrand you uncovered the difference between {ta'} and {voDleH}?  Is it historical?  regional?  military vs. political?  upper vs. lower class?  Is one derived from an proper name (e.g. Caesar > Kaiser & tsar'/czar)?  inherited vs. usurped (or someone founding a new dynasty)?

Thanks for taking the time to post all the new words.  As always it's much appreciated!


-----Original Message-----
From: Lieven L. Litaer

Am 31.08.2018 um 16:39 schrieb SuStel:
> Is *ta'puq* a new word as well, or one of your own constructions?

Not canon, but not my own construction either: It first appeared in Hamlet.

I thought about this for a very long time. In the beginning, I worked with {ta'Hom mach} for a long time, and it almost made it into the final version. But I thought that -Hom is diminutive, making this person a lesser person somehow. When Okrand asked Maltz for the Klingon word of it, he asked back what kind of prince this is after all? He also did not like to confirm {ta'puq}, which had been used in Hamlet.

So I decided to take {ta'puq} just for that reason that it had been used in Hamlet (so klingonists would recognize it as a used word), and also because it just does not matter for the story.

MO wrote: "Maltz agreed that whatever it is, it's the word for this guy in the story and does not establish how it fits in with (native) Klingon words for rulers or government officials or the like."

Lieven L. Litaer

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