[tlhIngan Hol] New words from Hamletmachine

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Wed Apr 1 07:02:14 PDT 2020

Thirty-some years ago, I was a live-in volunteer at a place called Innisfree Village. It was a live-in facility on a 300 acre farm for mentally handicapped adults and those who took care of them. I’ll let you guess which one I was.

It was started by a German man named Heinz Kramp (pronounced “crump”) who grew up selected for training as part of the Hitler Youth program. Being a kid at the time, he didn’t understand what he was being pulled into. As an adult, he accepted the burden of ignorantly being part of something horrible, and so he came to America and got a green card, but never gave up his German citizenship, because he said he knew people who had immigrated to America and said, “Yes, those Germans did horrible things, but I’m an American,” and he wanted instead to say, “Hitler was a German and he did those horrible things, and I am also a German and here are the good things I’m doing.”

 He told stories about, as a youth, working on a farm. He would get paid more if the cows he cared for looked content. If they were lying on the ground, they were interpreted to be more content, though cows are excellently capable of sleeping while standing up.

Seeking that pay bonus, he and his fellow workers (also kids) figured out that given the way that cow legs bend (front legs knees bend forward and what look like back knees but are biologically closer to ankles bend backwards) that two guys could loop ropes inside the standing-sleeping cow’s legs and with one kid in front and the other kid in back, and they could pull and the cow would fall straight down, wake up, look around, dazed, and then go back to sleep without bothering to stand back up.

The kids could pull the ropes from under the cow and move on to the next cow.

This doesn’t involve 90º roll, but is similar enough to the sport of cow tipping, which is somewhat meaner; walking up to a sleeping-standing cow and pushing it over (and usually running away, leaving the startled cow, floundering on the ground).

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.

> On Apr 1, 2020, at 3:02 AM, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:
> Am 01.04.2020 um 05:47 schrieb De'vID:
>> What is "uyfsb"?
> That's a kind of insider joke. For everything I asked for, I gave an
> option, saying "I will use X for that, until you find something better".
>>    Okrand answered:
>>      > Probably {qaw'} "flip over" or {qaw'moH} would be better here.
>> Based on your question, "tip over" does look like a better English gloss.
> I think so too. I've changed the entry at the wiki as well, but I'll ask
> Okrand too.
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