[tlhIngan Hol] pseudo-Klingon words from the paq'batlh
sustel at trimboli.name
Thu Jul 4 05:04:09 PDT 2019
On 7/4/2019 7:11 AM, Rhona Fenwick wrote:
> ghItlhpu' SuStel, jatlh:
> > _Hu'rIn lu'uchmeH ghopDu'chaj lo' /orcs./
> jIHvaD loQ jum; qatlh DIvI' Hol pab pol /orcs/? qatlh /orc/pu' Dajun?
> (...'ach /yrch/ Dalo'nISbe'ba' :) )
ghot pong 'oHmo' _Hu'rIn'e' 'ach Segh 'oHmo' /orc/'e'.
At some point you have to decide what exactly a proper noun is. The word
/human/ is, for example, a common noun, but the word /Klingon/ is a
proper noun. Sometimes people writing about Star Trek try to correct
this by capitalizing /Human/ as well.
Tolkien's capitalization for elves, orcs, dwarves, and so on changes
depending on which book you're looking at. He never capitalizes /troll,/
however. His choice to treat some "species" as proper nouns in some
books is a personal convention, and it need not be followed at all times.
There's an old role-playing game called /Star Frontiers/ in which the
various intelligent race-names are all capitalized, and so they
capitalize /Human/ as well. I always take it the other way, figuring
that if /human/ is a common noun to humans, then /yazirian/ is a common
noun to yazirians, /dralasite/ is a common noun to dralasites, and
/vrusk/ is a common noun to /vrusk./ I adopt a narrower definition of
what constitutes a proper noun.
So I made a choice: /orc/ is a common noun, not a proper noun, just as
I'll treat *tlhIngan, romuluSngan,* and *tera'ngan* as common nouns.
It's just a personal convention. Given that we're talking about personal
conventions to mark proper nouns, I figure I'm entitled. :)
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