[tlhIngan Hol] whales dolphins {-pu'} and {-mey}

M Roney nahqun at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 05:38:52 PDT 2019

You picked two very interesting species there.
Generally speaking, animals don't take {-pu'}.

But we have seen on screen evidence that whales are capable of
communicating with extraterrestrial species.
And dolphins serve as crew on the Enterprise-D.

That said, just because my cats are able to communicate various things to
me, doesn't mean that the qualify for {-pu'}.
So I'd leave whales at {-mey}, but I'd use {-pu'} for the dolphins in
Cetacean Ops if for no other reason than to show respect as they are a part
of the crew.
But I'd leave everyday dolphins at {-mey} unless I was talking about them
in a specific instance where they were trying to thank me for all the fish.

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