[tlhIngan Hol] {-vaD} "for the benefit of"

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Nov 4 07:31:00 PDT 2021

I suspect that De’vID is right.  I thought that Okrand may have mentioned it in one of his many posts, articles and explanations. but when I searched all of my notes for the phrase I found nothing.


From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of De'vID
Sent: Thursday, November 4, 2021 5:14 AM
On Tue, 2 Nov 2021 at 04:58, Scott D. Randel wrote:
Lately, I have heard people translating {-vaD} as “for the benefit of.”

Lately? According to the mailing list archives, it's been used since (at least) 1996:

I suspect, as others have already noted, that it probably just comes from a rephrasing of the definition in TKD itself.
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