[tlhIngan Hol] New Words from DIS 2889

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Wed Jan 29 06:00:05 PST 2020

You have a good question for which we don’t have a perfect, authoritative answer. Likely, as others have suggested, you could still say {paq mu’ vIjatlh}, since you are saying the books words, whether reading them or speaking from memory, or if you prefer, you could be more explicit and say, {paq mu’ vIqawchu’} and then quote verbatim. It’s reasonable to think that Klingon speakers should understand that.

The thing that Maltz seemed to be revealing is that instead of, as in English, saying “I am reading to you from a book,” or “I am reading a book to you,” which implies, but does not explicitly state that I am making sounds from my mouth while reading in order to share the contents of the book with you, a Klingon makes the more obvious and clear statement that I am speaking the book’s words. It’s another example of Okrand’s inventive capacity to see an activity from an alien perspective, instead of just using the same phrasing we’d use in English.

It makes sense in English. We just never say it that way. It would sound alien to say it that way.

Wow. Klingons are aliens. No wonder they say it that way.


charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.

> On Jan 29, 2020, at 5:30 AM, mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> DeSDu':
>> Additionally, when I asked him what the most appropriate way of saying
>> "read aloud" (e.g. a book), he said that paq mu'(mey) jatlh would work fine.
> It's always great to receive new info from maltz..
> Unfortunately though, I'm afraid that this piece of Ca'Non, solves one
> problem (the problem of "how to say.."), by creating another.
> If we talk on the phone, and I say to you {DaH paq mu'mey vIjatlh},
> then according to the newly revealed Ca'Non, the *only* way this is
> understood is, that I'm holding the book reading from the inside.
> But what if I'm not actually reading from the inside, but I've
> memorized the passage in question ?
> Now, I know what will happen..
> Someone will say: "you can't actually be remembering the exact words of a book".
> But, as americans say, "speak for yourself".
> I've taken exams, where because my life depended on the outcome, I had
> memorized the exact words, down to the letter.
> ~ mayqel qunen'oS
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