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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Sep 11 11:42:14 PDT 2019

Why not?  Generally doesn’t mean always.  When I was in the Navy people intermixed both civilian and military systems constantly:  e.g.  It’s four o’clock / four A.M. / four in the morning / 04:00 (“oh four hundred”) (hours), etc.

We also used a third system which divides a four-hour watch into half-hour increments, each signaled by one stroke on the ship’s bell and broadcast on the ship’s 1MC (public address system) throughout the day and night.  Starting at midnight, for example, “eight bells” is 04:00, the end of the mid (middle) watch.  {chorghlogh Qoy’lu’pu’} indeed.

For those unfamiliar with this system see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship%27s_bell and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchkeeping .


From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> On Behalf Of SuStel
On 9/11/2019 1:25 PM, nIqolay Q wrote:

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.

Except we're told that rep yIper and 'arlogh Qoylu'pu' are generally used in different contexts. Unless non-military or interplanetary contexts mean you don't care about precision, rep yIper is not simply a more precise version of 'arlogh Qoylu'pu', and you wouldn't simply substitute them.



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