[tlhIngan Hol] slang vs. idiomatic usage

qurgh lungqIj qurgh at wizage.net
Mon Jun 13 07:41:34 PDT 2022

On Sat, Jun 11, 2022 at 8:08 AM SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:

> On 6/11/2022 7:38 AM, Lieven L. Litaer wrote:
> Hello dear friends,
> I'm expanding this topic from a discussion on Facebook. I'm not claiming
> that I'm right with this, but just want to hear your opinion or
> clarification on this.
> Basis: Okrand sometimes gives words he labels as "used idiomatically",
> such as {Soj}. He also sometimes has words he calls "slang".
> The point:
> Someone said that in the context of Klingon, "single words used
> idiomatically" would be what is called "slang".
> <snip>
> Is there a clear answer on this?
> <snip>
> There is some overlap between the two, in that slang will often be
> idiomatic.

I was involved in this conversation, and this is all I was saying (and I
believe what ghunchu'wI' was also saying - he was the "someone").

I was just trying to explain that many of the "single words used
idiomatically" in Klingon fall under the "slang" heading (because, as
SuStel says, "slang will often be idiomatic"). The claim wasn't that
"slang" is just another name for "idiom", but if one is to create a list of
"single words used idiomatically" (as Lieven suggested he was going to do
on his Wiki) that one should look at the "slang" words out there to help
build that list.

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