[tlhIngan Hol] moon ph(r)ases, new adverbial {loQHa'}

Alan Anderson qunchuy at alcaco.net
Fri May 27 18:17:57 PDT 2022

On Fri, May 27, 2022 at 7:02 PM SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:

> Saying something is arbitrary means there is no reason or pattern to it;
> it's just based on whim or randomness. But these names are not without
> reason or pattern and aren't based on whim or randomness. They were named
> these things for reasons, and the terms have a long linguistic development.

There is no consistent pattern to the names of the lunar phases. There are
(at least) two separate reasons for each of the names, but there doesn't
appear to be a reason for which name is chosen. The choice of whether to
describe them based on their instantaneous appearance or based on their
phase (!) in the cycle does seem arbitrary. I'll continue to think of them
as arbitrary until someone provides a description of the pattern for
choosing those names, and/or a reason for calling a half-illuminated view a
"quarter" while also calling a fully-illuminated view "full.

-- ghunchu'wI'
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