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

kechpaja kechpaja at comcast.net
Mon Feb 5 12:54:37 PST 2018


I would be unsurprised to discover that there was an instance of
metathesis somewhere in the Klingon word's history: if the <r> got moved
back one slot, you'd have "sakratvelo", which would be much more likely
to give us a {Q} as the second consonant. 

Whether that metathesis happened in-universe, in the source MO used to
find the native name of Georgia, or not at all will probably forever
remain an open question. 

 - SapIr

On Mon, Feb 05, 2018 at 08:32:28PM +0100, Philip Newton wrote:
> On 26 January 2018 at 17:00, Klingon Word of the Day <kwotd at wizage.net> wrote:
> > Klingon word: SaQatvelo'
> > Part of speech: noun
> > Definition: Georgia
> 
> The Georgian name of the country is, according to Wikipedia,
> საქართველო, translit.: sakartvelo, IPA: [sɑkʰɑrtʰvɛlɔ] .
> 
> So {Saqatvelo'} might be closer with {q} rather than {Q}. But I
> suppose that's not what the Klingons heard who spoke to those
> Georgians.
> 
> Cheers,
> Philip
> -- 
> Philip Newton <philip.newton at gmail.com>
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