[tlhIngan Hol] po 8 am, or 8 am po ?

nIqolay Q niqolay0 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 10:25:44 PDT 2019

On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 12:36 PM Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu> wrote:

> In practice I imagine a combination of systems is used:
> Q:   'arlogh Qoylu'pu'?
>        What’s the time?
> A:   Hutlogh Qoylu'pu'.
>        Gone nine. / It’s after nine.
> Q:   rep yIper, lagh!
>        Be specific ensign!
> A:   Hutvatlh wa’maH wej rep, qaH!
>       09:13 hours, sir!

If the {'arlogh Qoylu'pu'} idiom isn't used to specify fractions of the
hour, it might be the case that you don't bother with it in the first place
if you know you need an answer more precise than an hour. So the {ghelwI'}
in this dialogue should probably have just started with {rep yIper, lagh!}
if they knew they needed the minutes too.
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