[tlhIngan Hol] New words

janSIy . kenjutsuka at live.com
Tue Jul 28 07:34:28 PDT 2020

I agree that there is significant overlap and that a second word was not really necessary.

However, being in this situation now, I would say that the difference is the smoothness. Glossy = shiny + smooth. All glossy things are shiny, not all shiny things are glossy. The blade of my katana is shiny, but not glossy. The lacquer on the scabbard is glossy.

I would further suggest that only a coating can be glossy and not an uncoated object, but I haven't fully explored and tested that concept.

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From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> on behalf of Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de>
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Subject: Re: [tlhIngan Hol] New words

Am 28.07.2020 um 14:53 schrieb SuStel:
> https://wikidiff.com/shiny/glossy#:~:text=As%20adjectives%20the%20difference%20between,smooth%2C%20silklike%2C%20reflective%20surface.

Thanks, that looks useful, but still doesn't help, because there is
overlap in meaning.

When I read "reflective surface" I think of a blade, which is {boch}.
And a glossy surface might still be reflecting light, does it not?
That's what the wikipeida article explains as well....

Does maybe "glossy" refer to the surface quality, while "shiny" says
what it does? So could I say that a glossy surface is shiny?
Lieven L. Litaer
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