[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: retlaw

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Thu Feb 8 15:32:43 PST 2018

On 8 February 2018 at 18:22, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:

> Am 08.02.2018 um 17:48 schrieb nIqolay Q:
>>     PUN:
>>       "Walter" backwards (i.e. Walter Dent?)
>> ​The ​backwards "Walter" is so obvious that it almost has to be
>> intentional, but I haven't been able to find any Internet reference to a
>> "Walter Dent" who would be a reasonable inspiration for the pun.
> It really could be anything. But there are some hints on finding Okrand's
> puns. First, due to his age, he knows man things, music and people from the
> sixties and seventies which we may not be aware of. Next, he likes using
> names that were related to his place or job, as the word renwI' is related
> to the Renwick building where he used to teach.

There are also plenty of obscure TV references. Perhaps it's a reference to
the character of Walter Denton from the sitcom Our Miss Brooks:

> Another idea: maybe it's not the first name of a person. A quick search on
> the web revealed "Albert Walter Dent", an afro american who participated in
> the March on Washington in 1963, where Okrand lives today - Perhaps he
> remembered that march? (although he was too young to walk in it).
> Another search on Amazon books reveals a book about "The Rime of the
> Ancient Mariner" with the named authors "Samuel Taylor Coleridge" and
> "Walter Dent". That story has been translated by QeS lagh, so there's a
> possible relationship.
> I also found a "Walter Dent Bayles"...
> Or maybe it's just the name of the neighbor's dog. :-)
> --
> Lieven L. Litaer
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