[tlhIngan Hol] not qoHpu''e' neH ghIjlu'

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Wed Aug 5 07:46:41 PDT 2020

On 8/5/2020 9:52 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> not qoHpu''e' neH ghIjlu'
> only fools have no fear
> I can't understand how the klingon sentence is to be understood.
> Is it "as for only fools someone never scares" ?
> Or is it "only fools someone never scares them", with the {ghIjlu'} 
> missing a {lu-} ?
I think it's meant more like "Fools, and only fools, are never scared."

First of all, remember that *-'e'* means more than the topic-drawing "as 
for such-and-such." It also means focus: "this thing, not something 
else." Remember:

*jIlujpu' jIH'e'*/I (and only I) have failed./ (It doesn't mean "This 
sentence is all about me, and I failed.")

In fact, this is what *-'e'* means whenever it is the object or subject 
of a verb. So you can interpret the line like this: "One never scares 
fools (and this is only true of fools)."

The line is missing a required *lu-.*


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