[tlhIngan Hol] expressing baby animals (and words for dog)

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Dec 2 07:25:27 PST 2021

Oh, I forgot about {lIS'ab}:

(qep’a’ 2021):  This animal is more rat-sized than mouse-sized, but a {vIghro'} might well chase it. Its face kind of resembles that of a bat (though a bat is not a rodent). 


-----------------------------------Original Message-----------------------------------
From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of Lieven L. Litaer

Am 01.12.2021 um 22:30 schrieb Steven Boozer:
> To further confuse matters {QelIS boqHarmey} (Alice's Adventures) 
> gives us {neSngech}, a "dormouse-like animal".  A dormouse isn't 
> actually a mouse but some of the pictures are certainly mouse-like in 
> appearance, but with furred rather than scaly tails.  (See 
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dormouse )

To expand this even a bit more: In the original version, Alice plays a round of Croquet with hedgehogs as balls. In the Klingon version, those are {woSwa'mey}, animals that can roll up to balls, but they are not hedgehogs. They are more like armadillos.

The discussion about this word came when when I tried to distinguish the "mouse" from the "hedgehogs". I first thought of using {Qa'Hom} for the mouse, but then realized that a) a titmouse is not a mouse, and b) according to KCD, it looks like a hedgehog. As this might have caused confusion, Maltz told me about the {woSwa'} and the {lIS'ab}.

More information about the tlhIngan-Hol mailing list