[tlhIngan Hol] did 'oqranD see the qepHom 2019 leaflet ?

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Tue Jan 14 05:26:36 PST 2020

While it’s not as common as {Q/q}, there’s also {ngh/ngH}. At least we don’t have to worry about {tlh/tlH}, since Klingon never has a three-consonant cluster… though without the serif, I guess that the noun for “My dear spear tipikins” might be mistaken for the adverb “too much”… Nope. Whether you stuck to uppercase or lowercase, “L” would be distinguishable from “i”… [tardy tangent alert]

Meanwhile, the language already has things that are ambiguous, like {DataHmoH}. Is the {Da-} a verb or a prefix? Is the {-taH} a suffix or a verb?

But that’s an ambiguity that is part of the language. Losing the difference in case is creating ambiguity in the human notation of spoken Klingon that isn’t in the language itself, since the romanized alphabet is merely a phonetic alphabet, different from pIqaD, which doesn’t have this little problem.

So, basically, nobody will stop you from writing in all uppercase, but doing it improves the odds that you’ll be misunderstood. If you don’t care if you improve the odds that you’ll be misunderstood, go for it. Many of us will be amused.

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.

> On Jan 14, 2020, at 7:31 AM, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:
> Am 14.01.2020 um 12:58 schrieb mayqel qunen'oS:
>> hahaha ! Why not ? Some trick questions are for good !
> Okay. So answering your question: Okrand has seen the booklet.
> But...
> He did NOT say anything about those titles.
> I just did that using a fancy font just for layout resons, knowing that
> it looks very strange.
> I generally tell people to NOT write Klingon in all upper case, and also
> not using a font that uses small caps, because that's also very annyoing
> to read.
>> I wonder in case 'oqranD saw this, whether this could mean, that we
>> *could* write klingon in all caps.
> If he SEES something does not mean he approves it. :-)
>> ..Which would lead to me saying that: "It's not whether I want it or
>> not; it's rather, whether it's possible".
> Possible...? Of course it's "possible". And as long as you don't
> encounter q/Q problems, there is no reason why it should not work.
> But remember that if you start a discussion about writing all upper
> case, it's bascially the same discussion of writing all lower case:
> People will argue that it's not what is described in TKD.
> compare TLHINGAN MAH TAHJAJ and tlhingan mah tahjaj, which should be
> {tlhIngan maH taHjaj}.
> My suggestion still is: Don't writing Klingon in upper case.
> --
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