[tlhIngan Hol] paSlogh

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 03:50:55 PST 2019

On Tue, 22 Jan 2019 at 12:38, De'vID <de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 16 Aug 2017 at 16:26, mayqel qunenoS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The klingon word for "socks" is {paSlogh}. Is this word to be treated as
>> being grammatically singular, and is it possible to say "one sock" in
>> klingon ? As far as I know, it is unknown if a singular form exists.
> I relayed your question to Dr. Okrand, who asked Maltz about it. I just
> got his reply: {paSlogh} works like {ngop}.
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> {paSlogh} is an inherently plural noun, grammatically singular.  {tu'mI'}
> the word for one sock.  The usual way to say "pair of socks" is {paSlogh
> chang'eng}; {tu'mI' chang'eng} is odd, but if you said it, you'd be
> understood.
> --- end quote ---

He also revealed a verb to use with it.

{mey} v. match, fit onto, interlock with, interlace with, mesh with

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{qoch} is not the word for "partner" when referring to socks and gloves and
the like.  The word for that is {nelwI'}.  With {nel}, the subject is one
sock (or glove or shoe or whatever) of the pair and the object is the
other.  To talk about a sock (or glove or….) matching (that is fitting
onto) a foot (or hand or…), use the verb {mey}:

        {mumey waqmeywIj} "my shoes fit" (literally, "my shoes fit me")

        {torgh lumey waqmey}  "the shoes fit Torg"

        {waqmeywIj vImey}  "I fit my shoes"
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More clarification about the difference between {mey} and {nel}:

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When a piece of a jigsaw puzzle fits into the right spot, you can say:

        {Qay'mol mey (Qay'mol) teSra'}  "the (puzzle) piece fits (into) the
puzzle" (In this context, you don't have to repeat {Qay'mol}, but it's fine
if you do.)


        {nelchu' Qay'mol teSra'} "the puzzle piece fits perfectly"

The first focuses on the interlocking of the pieces; the second focuses on
the piece in question occupying the identically shaped space where it goes.
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