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Subject:Re: Klingon greetings
From:Marc Okrand <okrand@*****.***>
Date:Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:29:16 -0500 (EST)
To:Klingonischkurs Saarbrücken

Lieven --

I Skyped Maltz. He said he has been asked before about "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year." He thought they were silly things to say (and, of course, there are no traditional Klingon ways to say these things), but he said that if you have to say "Happy New Year," you could say {DIS chu' yItIv} or {DIS chu' DatIvjaj} or {DIS chu' botIvjaj} or the like. He also liked your idea about "may your next year be successful."

For "Merry Christmas," he wasn't so sure. He said that perhaps you could use the name of the holiday (which would be {QISmaS}) and say {QISmaS yItIv} or {QISmaS DatIvjaj} and so on. He thought that people who know about Christmas would understand that. He also liked my sister-in-law's suggestion: {wornagh yItlhutlh!}.

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All the best,

 - Marc

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