[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tlhapqa'

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Sat Apr 2 10:42:50 PDT 2022

On 4/2/2022 11:55 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> Why does this need to be a separate entry? Isn't it just {tlhap} + {-qa'}?

In the English–Klingon side of /The Klingon Dictionary,/ there are 
numerous entries for English words that one might look up but which are 
/word + suffix/ in Klingon. For instance, one might want to look up 
/teach,/ but if the E-K dictionary only included words that led to 
Klingon stems, you wouldn't find /teach./ So it includes /teach/ and 
says that it's *ghojmoH.* Likewise, you might want to look up /ocean,/ 
but an ocean in Klingon is a *bIQ'a',* so the E-K dictionary lists it 
that way.

For symmetry, and because the extra information is sometimes useful, the 
Klingon–English dictionary includes all of the entries found in the E-K 
dictionary, even if they're not word stems in Klingon. In the K-E 
dictionary you'll find separate entries for *ghojmoH* and *bIQ'a',* even 
though these are really just /word + suffix./ A native Klingon 
(non-translation) dictionary might not list these words separately, but 
a translation dictionary does.

Including an entry for *tlhapqa'* is just continuing this trend. One 
might try to look up the word /retrieve,/ but since it's not a bare stem 
in Klingon but a /word + suffix,/ it appears as /word + suffix./ So the 
K-E dictionary is also updated to include *tlhapqa'* /retrieve/ (etc.) 
because that's how it was done in TKD.

Even if you're using a lookup app instead of dictionary lists, if you 
search for /retrieve,/ you won't find it unless *tlhapqa'* is a separate 

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