[tlhIngan Hol] veQpu' or veQmey ?

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed May 22 13:46:37 PDT 2019

See also {jIb Ho'Du'} "comb" (n) From Talk Now! Klingon.  

I see in my notes that the meaning of {Ho'} was extended to "cog/sprocket teeth" at qep'a' 2018.  Presumably the plural of this is also {Ho'Du'}.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Lieven L. Litaer
> 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:

Grammatically, even as slang, {Ho’} follows the rules appropriate to its literal meaning. Thus, even though it may refer to a person, its plural is {Ho’Du’} ("teeth"), making use of the plural suffix for body parts ({-Du’}), not {Ho’pu’}, with {-pu’}, the plural suffix for beings capable of using language. Similarly, it never takes the possessive suffixes associated with beings capable of using language.

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