[tlhIngan Hol] The problem with po'

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 11:25:21 PDT 2020


The verb {po'} is given as "be expert, skilled".

The problem though is, that while "to be skilled", is one thing, "to be
expert" is quite another.

Now, I can understand the crap we usually say, that "context will clarify",
but there are times when context *can't* clarify, or in order for it to do
so, the main story will need to be disrupted losing its' intended focus.

What is a {Qel po'} ? An expert i.e. a specialist ? Or someone "skilled",
who can be just a med-school graduate with many years of experience, but
nowhere near the level of a specialist ?

And now I know.. Someone is itching to write nonsense like "explain which
of the two cases you mean, in the text"..

So, in a loong passage, one will take a pause from the main story, to
explain which of the two meanings of {po'} he means.. Then, one paragraph
later, he will take another pause from the main story, to clarify the next
similar-to-po' word. And perhaps, two paragraphs later, the same will
happen again..

I don't think this is the optimal way to write, or (to be more accurate) to
be forced to write.

~ mayqel qunen'oS
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