[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tey

nIqolay Q niqolay0 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 08:12:29 PDT 2018


Here's the original quote:

3) For the sense of being close (or not close) or having (or not having)
> wiggle room or leeway (e.g. a comfortable distance away [from something] or
> a comfortable victory), use *tey* (*"scrape"*) or *teybe'*. (*teybe' yay* *"the
> victory didn't scrape"* or *"the victory was comfortable."* If you were
> victorious, but just barely or made it at the last minute or something like
> that, you could say *tey yay*.)
>

https://www.kli.org/activities/qepmey/qepa-chamah-losdich/qepa-chamah-losdich-new-words/

He translates this usage of *tey *as *"scrape"* twice, which suggests to me
that this is intended as just an idiomatic usage of *tey* and not a new
homonym.


On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 12:16 AM, Rhona Fenwick <qeslagh at hotmail.com> wrote:

> ghItlhpu' Voragh, jatlh:
>
> > N.B. do not confuse with the homonym {tey} "be uncomfortable,  be close".
>
>
> jangpu' nIqolay, jatlh:
>
> > Is this really a homonym? When the word was revealed, I got the
> impression
>
> > it was more of an idiomatic meaning of {tey} rather than a separate word.
>
>
> I suppose the answer would lie in whether or not one can say ??{yay tey}
> "a close victory".
>
>
> jang je SuStel, jatlh:
>
> > It's probably a reference to shaving.
>
>
> Perhaps, though I think more likely is the phrasal verb "scrape by". From
> Merriam-Webster:
>
>
> 1: to live with barely enough money; to be able to buy only the things
> most needed.
>     *Money was tight, but we somehow managed to scrape by.*
> 2 : to succeed at doing something but just barely.
>     *He didn't study for the exam and just barely scraped by.*
>
> QeS 'utlh
>
>
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