[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: DI'ruj velqa' nIqHom

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Wed Jun 6 10:38:49 PDT 2018


On 6/6/2018 12:05 PM, SuStel wrote:
> On 6/6/2018 11:51 AM, nIqolay Q wrote:
>> I'm curious to know how to use {DI'ruj} in a sentence. Can we use it 
>> to make existential statements? For instance, would something like 
>> {DI'rujDaq 'IDnar tu'be'lu'} be interpreted in the sense of "Magic 
>> doesn't exist/is fictional"? Is {DI'ruj} a location, can it even take 
>> a {-Daq}? Does {'IDnar ngaSbe' DI'ruj} work for the same idea?
>
> I wouldn't automatically assume *DI'rujDaq* makes any sense, unless 
> you're talking about a science-fiction story in which characters are 
> hopping between realities. Your second version is safer for that reason.
>
> Such a word depends on a conceptual metaphor of "reality is a place," 
> which we don't know Klingons share. Maybe if there are hints of this 
> particular conceptual metaphor in canon we could be more certain of 
> it. I can't think of any offhand. Klingons might conceptually consider 
> reality to be a state rather than a place, for instance.
>
It occurs to me that even your second sentence construes reality as a 
place that can "contain" things. How about these instead:

*'IDnar chaw'be' DI'ruj
DI'rujmo' qItbe' 'IDnar*

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SuStel
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