[tlhIngan Hol] meaning of the verbs {tob} and {Daj}

mayqel qunen'oS mihkoun at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 05:18:33 PDT 2021

I think I just realized that years now, I understand wrongly the verbs
{tob} and {Daj}. But before I start, just to be on the same page (as
americans say), here are the definitions:

tob (v) test conclusively, prove
Daj (v) test inconclusively

Suppose I write the following sentences:

nger vItobpu'
nger vIDajpu'

Years now, I thought that the {nger vItobpu'} means "I proved that the
theory is correct", and that the {nger vIDajpu'} means "I proved that the
theory is wrong".

But now I realized that the meanings are rather the folllowing:

nger vItobpu'
I tested conclusively the theory

(I say that I tested it thoroughly, but without this meaning that the
theory is necessarily correct; after the "testing" finished, perhaps the
conclusion was that the theory was perfectly wrong)

nger vIDajpu'
I tested inconclusively the theory

(I just say that I didn't thoroughly test the theory; it may be a valid
theory, or it may be a wrong one, but the "testing" wasn't
thorough/effective enough to come to definite conclusion)

Is my understanding correct?

~ Dana'an
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