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

Daniel Dadap daniel at dadap.net
Mon Jul 22 09:36:20 PDT 2019

> On Jul 22, 2019, at 11:18, Jeremy Silver <jp.silver at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
> ghunchu'wI', have a question you will most likely appreciate. 
> 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?

I imagine it has something to do with a bit being a {San'on}, and Klingon bytes consisting of nine bits (like on some early Earth computers) and not eight (like on almost all Earth computers). If there’s a joke behind the {'on} or {San} bits (ha!) that someone can shed a light on, I’m curious.

IIRC, the original request on the chabal tetlh was for “bit (or trit)”; most likely the requester didn’t want to assume that Klingon computer systems worked on binary logic, as it’s totally plausible for them to be trinary instead.

I could imagine the {'on} part being a play on “on” (vs. “off”).

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