[tlhIngan Hol] gher'ID and {-mey}

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 12 12:07:13 PDT 2019

nIqolay beat me to the draw with that quote from qurgh, so I’ll add another way of referring to results - the expressly plural {mIvwa’mey} :

(qep'a' 2018):  "results” with the sense of “score, tally” is {mIvwa'mey}

(De'vID < MO, 2/17/2018):  The traditional/old Klingon way of keeping score involves cutting oneself ({pe’’egh}), and this is the term still in use.  A “tally” or “(total) score” follows the same tradition.  They say {mIvwa’mey}, literally {scars} (even though, in traditional scorekeeping, the cuts turn to scabs and eventually go away).  This term is also used for “census” or “headcount”.  ...  Maltz wasn’t sure how “statistics” would be distinguished from “tally” in this context, but maybe {mIvwa’mey poj} “tally analysis” or {mI’ poj} “number analysis” would work.


From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> On Behalf Of nIqolay Q

On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 2:09 PM mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com<mailto:mihkoun at gmail.com>> wrote:
If I knew when I'm supposed to use {-mey} on {gher'ID} and when not, I'd be happier.

Some people had the same question when it was revealed. KLI mailing list, July 23rd, 2018, from qurgh:
I asked Marc about gher'ID:


As for {gher'ID} — All of the English words could be singular or plural, whichever makes the most sense given the context.  If, in Klingon, it's important to indicate plurality, use {-mey}; if it's important to indicate singularity, use {wa'} along with {neH} (or something along those lines).


So I guess that you can just use {gher'ID} unless you want to emphasize multiple things happening as the result of something.
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