[tlhIngan Hol] vech

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Thu Jun 17 01:59:39 PDT 2021

Good morning,

I'm not sure this ever was a question, but I just talked with Marc
Okrand about the verb {vech} "cross, span" and got some useful information.

In the definition given at qep'a' 2018, examples were a bridge crossing
a river, but also two fingers crossing.  In the case of the bridge, the
verb {vech} does not really mean that the bridge makes a connection
between the two shores of the river, it's more the image of having two
lengthy things overlaying each other and touch (visually) in one point.
(This means the bridge might even be a mile long and not connect the two
edges of the river, but still cross it).

The way to use the verb is to say "A crosses B". In the case of the
fingers, they cross each other, so you say {vechchuq nItlhDu'}. If you
only say {vech nItlhDu'} the question comes: "what do they vech?"

So, to say "I cross my fingers", you say {nItlhDu' vIvechchuqmoH}, and
not {vIvechmoH}.

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

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