[tlhIngan Hol] {SaD} {SanID} difference

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 25 07:18:31 PST 2019

(TKD 53):  Higher numbers are formed by adding special number-forming elements to the basic set of numbers (1-9) ... Both {SaD} and {SanID} are equally correct for thousand, and both are used with roughly equal frequency. It is not known why this number alone has two variants.

AFAIK Okrand has never revealed the reason.  (Has anyone asked him?)

Turning to the corpus we learn that there’s only one example of {SanID}:
vagh SanID ben buDbe' wamwI'pu'.
5,000 years ago, hunters were not lazy. (st.k 11/1999)

… while {SaD} is used everywhere else:

qaStaHvIS wa' ram loS SaD Hugh SIjlaH qetbogh loD
4,000 throats may be cut in one night by a running man. (TKD; two words]
vaghSaD wejvatlh loSmaH Soch
5,347 (KLS)
millennium (n) (HQ 8.3:3)

cha'SaD DeQ
2000 credits. (PK)
vaghSaD DeQ HInob
Give me 5,000 credits! (PK)
chorghSaD qelI'qam HIvchuq'e' vInoH
Estimating attack range in 8,000 kellicams. (ST5)
wejvatlh SochmaH vagh SaD cheb'a'mey ngI' Duj
Mass: 8.7 KT. (KBoP; two words]

tlheDDI' quvmoHmeH veng HeHDaq lutlha' SaD law' nuvpu'
Thousands followed him to the edge of the city, to bid him farewell. (PB)
ngIq tonSaw' lo' SaD law' San chenmoH qeylIS wej boghbogh nuvpu' San chenmoH
In one single move, Kahless decided the fate of thousands, and those to come. (PB)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> On Behalf Of mayqel qunen'oS
Besides the info, that is written in tkd, is there any other info on the words {SaD} & {SanID} ?
According to tkd, both are more or less "the same", being used with the same frequency.
But is any one of them, slang ? Or is one more "formal" than the other ?

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.kli.org/pipermail/tlhingan-hol-kli.org/attachments/20191125/fb97b3df/attachment-0002.htm>

More information about the tlhIngan-Hol mailing list