[tlhIngan Hol] coincidence for 'Iw

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Oct 4 09:29:04 PDT 2022

I thought it might be a brand name, but apparently IEW is a standard abbreviation in the theatrical make-up industry.  I found some web pages for what appears to be a German company called Kryolan::


The labels for their "Spezial Filmblut" products are in German and English.  Was this what you saw, Lieven?


------------------------------Original Message------------------------------
From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of SuStel
Sent: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 10:15 AM

On 10/4/2022 7:52 AM, Lieven L. Litaer wrote:
> For many years, I thought that the pun behind the word {'Iw} is the 
> reaction of peeple who say "Eeeew" when they see blood.
> Now I was recently involved in a film production, where I saw a bottle 
> of fake blood. The fake blood can be used internally (i.e. in your 
> mouth), external, and it's washable. These three words are abbreviated 
> on the bottle, simply reading "IEW".
> Knowing that Okrand worked on TV sets, it is possible that this is not 
> just a coincidence. But maybe it really is just a coincidence, maybe 
> we'll never know.

Or maybe the company that made the fake blood was making the same joke that Okrand was making, saying "Eeeew" to the blood.

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