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Re: Klingon and puns (was Re: Klingon grammar)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Sunday, January 4, 2004, 3:40
On Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 09:54:12PM +0100, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> > {tlhaQ} (which sounds a lot like > >"clock" under the assumption that {tlhIngan} sounds like "Klingon") > >means "chronometer", > > Couldn't that be supposed to be an English > loanword, since Trek Earthlings speak English?
Possible, but it would be an odd word to borrow. Presumably the Klingons had time-telling devices long before contact with Earthlings. There are some acknowledged loans, such as {qa'vIn} (from "caffeine") for "coffee" (I imagine they were already aware of the chemical compound and have a (unknown to us) native word for it, but didn't have the beverage . . .) -Mark