[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Sam

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Sun Jul 4 09:30:18 PDT 2021

Am 04.07.2021 um 18:22 schrieb loghaD:
> I'm assuming that this word isn't well-known among Klingons, so that one
> would have to provide some explanation of what one means when
> communicating with a general audience.
> Among those Klingons who do know what it is, their understanding would
> probably vary depending on how they were introduced to the term.
> For our purposes, I suppose the safest gloss to go with is whatever was
> used when posing the question to Okrand.
It is confusing indeed, because the meaning of the word differs between
English and German. I have learned now that in Germany, this instrument
is called a shawm even though it's not one. I am sure there are many
English words as well that refer to a thing although it's not the
correct term, and only non-English speakers are confused about it.

So, for the usage of the word {Sam}, I think it's okay to say that it
may refer to both things:
   a) its literal meaning of the original medieval shawn, and
   b) the martinstrumpet which is called "Schalmei" (shawm) in Germany.

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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