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"I see one cat."

Translation:wa' vIghro' vIlegh.

April 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pietro460054

Why would klingons have a specific word for a terrestrial, alien animal?

April 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

To a Klingon it doesn't actually refer to an Earth house cat, but to a family of Klingon animals that greatly resembles Earth felids. None the less, many human Klingon speakers often use the word to refer to the common house cat.

April 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

And there's a pun in the word if you're a Pinocchio fan.

April 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

For the same reason we have Denebian slime devils, Cardassian voles, Ceti eels, Regulan bloodworms, Bajoran bats, Ligorian mastadons, and a whole host of other "alien" creatures. We apply an English word to an alien creature that resembles its namesake. So Klingons apply a Klingon word to an alien (Terran) animal that resembles its namesake.

April 12, 2018
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