[tlhIngan Hol] How would you express "root of a tree" ?

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Sat Jul 13 14:13:08 PDT 2019

> Why? What reason is there to believe that
> the "serpent" in the definition of {ghargh}
> means anything other than that a serpent
> would be referred to generically as a
> {ghargh} in Klingon?

Let me ask you.

If I say {muSujpu' ghargh mIllogh}, what am I saying ?

The picture of a serpent disturbed me, or the picture of a worm disturbed
me ?

Since {ghargh} can mean both, how could someone say that I don't need to
specify further ?

There is a line in matthew, where jesus says something like (I don't have
the original text at hand now):

"who of you, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a serpent ?"

Suppose I wrote:

{‘ej ghotI’ HevmeH wa’ nuv puqloD, tlhobchugh puqvam, puqvamvaD ghargh nob
vay’ ?}

Can't the reader here assume that the {ghargh} could mean "worm" instead ?

Now, don't tell me "it wouldn't make for a big difference in meaning", or
"to a klingon it would be the same".

Because it would make a *major* difference in meaning, and klingons as well
as their understanding of things, can burn in hell for all I care.

> Does anyone else on the mailing list have
> any reservation about using {ghargh} to
> mean "serpent"?

You misunderstood me. I'm not saying {ghargh} can't be used to mean
"serpent". I *am* saying though, that since it can mean worm too, one needs
to specify what he's talking about.

~ ncnccn
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.kli.org/pipermail/tlhingan-hol-kli.org/attachments/20190714/7820ef07/attachment-0004.htm>

More information about the tlhIngan-Hol mailing list