[tlhIngan Hol] New Words and Grammar Points from qep'a' cha'maH javDIch

Mark E. Shoulson mark at kli.org
Mon Jul 22 17:25:06 PDT 2019


I noticed the {Hut} there too.  But that doesn't necessarily mean nine 
bits.  Maybe the name was derived from some one-indexed counting of the 
bits, and named something relating to its ending at (i.e. before) the 
ninth bit. Or whatever twisted logic gave the French "huit jours" (lit. 
eight days) for "a week" and "quinze jours" (lit. fifteen days) for "a 
fortnight" (which at least comes from "fourteen nights", so the math 
works out for the English at any rate).  Me, I'm going to choose to 
believe that it's eight bits (an "octet" to be hyper-technical) and 
named off-by-one because of some... reason.

~mark

On 7/22/19 12:33 PM, SuStel wrote:
> On 7/22/2019 12:18 PM, Jeremy Silver wrote:
>> I note we have a new word for byte, {Hut'on}. Is there some joke, or 
>> specific
>> alien point that eludes us... or can someone not count?
>
> In computing, not all bytes necessarily have eight bits. Not that I 
> would expect Okrand to be aware of this, as nearly all computing 
> nowadays deals with eight-bit bytes.
>



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