[tlhIngan Hol] veQpu' or veQmey ?

Daniel Dadap daniel at dadap.net
Thu May 16 04:59:21 PDT 2019


On May 16, 2019, at 06:25, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:

>> The issue here, is "if you needed to pluralize a noun, which refers to
>> people, but that noun wasn't capable of language, would you use {-pu'}
>> or {-mey}" ?
> 
> I would base this on the explanation in KGT, p. 152, with the word {Ho'}
> which is a slang term for "hero", but means "tooth:

Yes, this. But besides this fact, that we seem to follow the normal plural suffix of the word and not what it represents, and the fact that we don’t know whether {veQ} can be pluralized at all, even *if* the “correct”, “normal” answer in this situation would be to use {-pu'}, then using {-mey} could add an additional layer of insult to the situation, assuming they’re not also scattered all about.

So obviously, if you’re going to use anything, use {-mey}.


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