[tlhIngan Hol] using ordinals on their own

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Fri Apr 29 10:41:34 PDT 2022

Then again, the more direct message is {Haw’ maghwI’ neH.}


charghwI’ ‘utlh
(ghaH, ghaH, -Daj)

> On Apr 29, 2022, at 12:22 PM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> On 4/29/2022 12:10 PM, D qunen'oS wrote:
>> I have no idea what you (charghwI' and fergusq) are talking about.
>> The only thing I understand from the {Haw'bogh wa'DIch} is "the first who flees". Everything else seems Greek to me.
>> (As ridiculous it may be for me to use this phrase..)
> "The first who flees" could mean different things:
> "The first to flee." Multiple people flee, and you're talking about the first one of those.
> "The first (who happens to flee)." There are multiple people, and you're talking about the first one, and this first one happens to be fleeing. Nothing is said about the others fleeing.
> Whether this is ambiguous or not in Klingon is unclear.
> You can avoid the ambiguity like this:
> Haw'chugh ghotpu', maghwI' ghaH wa'DIch'e'.
> Haw'chugh ghotpu', numaghpu' wa'DIch.
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