[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: puS

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Tue May 25 06:59:18 PDT 2021

I was with you 100% until that last detail of your interpretation. I don’t get 5,000 out of “be few, be several, be a handful”, regardless of context. I quite honestly think you’ve gone to one extreme at least as far as I went to the other, and I doubt there’s anything like justification for that extreme interpretation in either canon or conversation with Okrand.

That’s not claiming that I’m right and you are wrong. I’m merely stating that I am nothing like convinced that 5,000 of anything could be {puS} in anything but a comparative grammatical construction. Outside of that very fossilized construction, it quite sincerely does not feel like the right word.

charghwI’ ‘utlh
(ghaH, ghaH, -Daj)

> On May 25, 2021, at 7:02 AM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> On 5/24/2021 11:27 PM, Will Martin wrote:
>> The term “a couple” is two. It doesn’t sound as precise as two, but it really is two.
> Couple means two, but if it turns out to be one or three, you weren't incorrect. Pair and brace (archaic) both mean exactly two.
>> “several” is three or four. Two is already covered by "a couple", and and five is covered by “a handful”.
> In no way do I associate five with a handful. I've never heard anyone say that. To me, a handful is even more vague than several.
>> So, I read {puS} as “3-5”.
> I read puS as significantly smaller than average. If I've got an army of a five thousand soldiers, and yours is only six hundred soldiers, your soldiers are puS.
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