[tlhIngan Hol] using {Doch} for non-physical things

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Fri Jan 24 08:35:36 PST 2020

On 1/24/2020 11:23 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> SuStel:
> > muberghmoHchu' Doch lulo'qu'bogh
> > ghot. Doch Daqelbogh tIngu'!
> Often, I want to say something like "this doesn't concern this 
> matter", or "because of that which we discussed previously".
> I know that to express "matter", we have the noun {Soj}, but it 
> *feels* too informal.

*Soj* is not slang, it's just idiomatic. It's probably only as informal 
as saying /on the other hand/ or /beating a dead horse./

> Of course, {Doch} doesn't sound too "formal" either, but for some 
> reason I can't identify, it just *feels* better.

Abusing the word/thing/ is something English teachers try to beat out of 
students, for good reason.// I would do the same for *Doch.*

My wife calls half the objects in our house "the thing," and it drives 
me crazy.


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