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

Christopher Kidder-Mostrom cokidder at gmail.com
Mon Jul 22 17:35:23 PDT 2019

I thought there may be two options on the Hut'on naming ...

1) This could be a name pun.  Was there someone named Hutton (Timothy?
Lauren?) involved in a project with the word Bite in the title?  Was
someone named Hutton involved in early computer engineering?  I don't have
an answer here.  But, there are a number of other name puns ("Hook" is
derived from the actor who played the captain in the original Broadway
production of "Peter Pan").  Perhaps this is an avenue to persue.

2) in the Klingon's olden days base three mathematics, might their byte
have been 9, rather than 8 bits?

On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 5:25 PM Mark E. Shoulson <mark at kli.org> wrote:

> 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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