[tlhIngan Hol] natural well

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jun 26 07:46:52 PDT 2019

I once used *{bIQHal} for such a spring on the model of {HoSHal} "energy source" and  {tlhIlHal} "mine".   Lieven describes {Daqrab} in his "The Little Prince" vocabulary post:

   It's normally a water well, but it could be an oil well, assuming Klingons are
   aware of drilling for oil. If clarity is needed, one can say {bIQ Daqrab}. “Source”
   is not part of the definition.  A {Daqrab} is constructed and/or dug.

Whatever you call it, don't confuse this with a {bIQ ghItmoHwI’} "fountain" -- the device that sprays water into the air, often placed in a {ghommeH yotlh} "plaza, courtyard".

-----------------------------------Original Message-----------------------------------
From: Daniel Dadap

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 05:54, mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> We have the {Daqrab} for "well", however it refers to a well which is constructed, rather a natural occuring one.
> So, how do we describe the natural occuring type ? Can we say {Daqrab but} ? Although, perhaps this would mean "natural constructed well".

I’m not sure I know what a naturally occurring well would be in English. The English word “well” implies an artificial structure to me. Maybe a natural spring is what you’re thinking about? Maybe something like {bIQ Hal} or {bIQ QemjIq} would work for that, though obviously it would need the right context for it to be clear that this refers to a spring.

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