Newsgroup message of September 4, 1997

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Okrand correcting his incorrect usage of a prefix.


Newsgroup: Microsoft Network expert forum
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 00:15:57 -0500


Marc Okrand wrote in his previous message:
> SuStel charghwI' je -- muquvmoH QInmey DalI'pu'bogh tlhIH.

To all those too polite to say anything...

The Klingon sentence I wrote to SuStel and charghwI' [be sure to pronounce his name correctly!] contains a grammatical error. It's not a weird dialectal variation; it has nothing to do with social status; it's not a form of secret or disguised speech. It's just plain wrong.

The verb should be bolI'pu'bogh, using the prefix bo- "you (plural) [do something to] it/them," not Da- "you (singular) [do something to] it/them."

Though plural suffixes are not obligatory on nouns (SuvwI' can mean either "warrior" or "warriors"), Klingons are fussy about the verb prefixes.

Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Clearly, Maltz never saw my posting.

- Marc

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