[tlhIngan Hol] 'erqul powagho'

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Sat Feb 23 16:11:14 PST 2019

Apparently, the older works of Agatha Christie (a.k.a. ‘agha’tlha’ QIStIy) are in the Public Domain. Of particular interest to me is her first novel, featuring the famous detective Hercule Poirot (a.k.a. ‘erqul powagho’), entitled “The Mysterious Affair at Styles, ({SetayleSDaq Soj poymar} in the original Klingon).

Of particular interest to me is the way that the original title referred to the use of poison IN THE FOOD, while the translators mistakenly interpreted {Soj} in the title to mean “affair” or “matter", as is one of the more abstract uses of the term, as in {tlhIngan Soj ‘oH; not bIyaj} meaning “It is a Klingon matter; you wouldn’t understand." 

I will take it on as a long-term mission to translate this great literary work back into the original Klingon.

Likely, I’ll never finish it, but, one must have a mission.

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

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