[tlhIngan Hol] 2018 qep'a' Proverb Contest

nIqolay Q niqolay0 at gmail.com
Fri May 25 10:31:41 PDT 2018


On Fri, May 25, 2018 at 12:05 PM, De'vID <de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Why does Maltz keep remembering replacement proverbs and secrecy proverbs?
> Maybe next year he can remember some toasts, or common lines for rejecting
> a suitor, or famous curse warfare insults, or even phrases said on QI'lop
> or Empire Union Day.
>

The appeal of the contest is not just to have Marc Okrand like your
sentence, but also to make it canonical Klingon. Part of the conceit of
those proverbs is that there's a small, closed set of canonical ones that
you're supposed to use rather than just inventing one on the spot. On the
other hand, insults, toasts, and the like don't need to be canonized to be
used or understood properly. There are known examples, but you can also
just make one up. A better equivalent might be a contest to invent a new
canonical idiom or slang word, although it would probably be harder to
judge.
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