[tlhIngan Hol] nuH / DuH

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Wed May 27 22:54:51 PDT 2020

On Wed, 27 May 2020 at 18:38, Daniel Dadap <daniel at dadap.net> wrote:

> > On May 27, 2020, at 10:23, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:
> >
> > Even thought {nuH} is defined as "possibility" in the list, there still
> > is the /regular/ word {DuH}, of which I think it should be preferred in
> > usage wherever possible.
> >
> I suspect that this particular metaphor, beyond being another example of
> Klingon fondness for bellicose metaphor in general, is also influenced in
> part by the near homophony of {nuH} and {NuH} in Qotmagh and other dialects
> which nasalize voiced stops. Consider also {chab chu'}.

KGT p.110:
<The use of {nuH} ("weapon") for {DuH} ("possibility") may have been
influenced by the Krotmag dialect pronunciation of {DuH} as something very
close to {nuH}.>

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