[tlhIngan Hol] expressing "turn on the lights" and electricity terms

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 04:56:35 PDT 2021

With regard (or is it "with regards"?) to the first part of the question, I
think the answer is pretty straightforward.

Since we have {wovmoHbogh jan} for "light (device)" and we also have {chu'}
"engage, activate (a device)", then "turn on the lights"/"turn off the
lights", obviously needs to be {wovmoHbogh jan yIchu'}/{wovmoHbogh jan
yIchu'Ha'}. And I don't think there would be any problem with extending
this use of the verb {chu'} "engage, activate (a device)" for the nouns
{wovmoHwI'} "light (lamp)"/{wovmoHwI' moQ} "light bulb" too.

On the other hand though, I *do* wonder about how we would describe when we
would flip the switch but the device wouldn't work because someone had cut
the electricity (I don't know how you say it in english..).

Would it be sufficient to say {'ul tu'lu'be'}/{pagh 'ul tu'lu'}? Could we
say {'ul chu'Ha'lu'pu'}? Obviously electricity isn't a device which can be
"engaged, activated" and "disengaged, deactivated", on the other hand
though isn't it something which *can be* "engaged, activated" and
"disengaged, deactivated"?

~ Dana'an
"invoked or not invoked, the gods are there" (ancient spartan saying)
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