Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Dude, You Need a Breathmint!

Ok, in the last "How to Speak Saurian" post, Camy left a request for a translation of "Dude, You Need a Breathmint!"

Now Saurian's aren't known for their pleasant breath and so I can see why she would want to say this. Unfortunately, Saurians do not have breathmints. They do however have similar things. For most in the Karn Empire there is a small insect known as a becta that, while in its larval form (called a pictr), secretes a tangy secretion, that smells and tastes something like cinnamon, that many of the smaller swotelakyoch (bloodbonds/clans) are fond of sucking on. Though it is too small for the larger Saurians to get much use out of.

The larger swotelakyoch of Saurians lean more toward a "mouthwash" of sorts made from pulverized bokesh fronds and blite seeds. This gives their breath something of an ashy scent. This is called bokel.

So what you could happily say (depending on size, naturally) would be either:

Saurn, joestach narta loktoe pictr. (or Male, go eat a pictr.)


Saurn, vane koetuh bokel. (Male, drink some bokel.)

And just as a fun bonus, here's an excerpt (slightly edited to be spoiler free) from my currently homeless novel where just such a line would be very handy...

Excerpt from Starfire
He looked toward the door. Struth stood in the doorway, a look of concern on his face. Somehow the medic’s presence seemed to ease the chill clinging to him.

“I’m here, Struth.”

Struth stepped lightly across the room. “Are you all right?”

Rathe shook his head.

“Let me take a look at you,” Struth said. He crouched next to where Rathe lay.

Struth looked into each of his eyes, then pulled a small light out of a slot in his left gauntlet, and said, “Open wide.” He shone the light down Rathe’s throat and eased his head between his spread jaws. “Say something.”

Rathe felt his tongue slap against Struth’s neck as he spoke. “You tase tewwible.”

Struth withdrew his head and glared at him. Rathe realized that after what he had done, that might not have been the best thing to say. Struth pressed his head against Rathe’s side.

“Take a few deep breaths,” Struth said. After a short pause, he pulled away. “You seem fine physically. Though it is obvious you threw up recently. What happened?”


So there ya go. :) Everyone go out and have a breathmint!


Blogger Tiff/Amber Miller said...

LOL! Now *this* can come in handy. You wouldn't believe how many people are completely clueless about their stinky breath. Ugh! Imagine their surprise when I use this line on them....then hand them a breath mint. *winks*

4:39 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Beth Goddard said...

Ha Ha Ha!
Well you can't smell my breath in cyberspace, so there!!!
But I'll be sure to be scoped up by the conference.

4:55 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Camy Tang said...

Ah, thanks for the useful Saurian phrases, Stu. However, what is the size that would differentiate the two? Is a "large" Saurian considered 2 feet tall or 20 feet tall?

My next phrase to be translated would have immediate use for me:

"Stop bothering the Genesis coordinator with your whining or I'll bite your head off!"

5:27 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Stuart said...

I'd say your average Saurian is between 8-15 feet tall.

The size cut off for picta would be around eight feet (and they'd probably use multiple larvae at once).

once they hit 10 feet their mouths get big enough it's just easier to use the bokel. ;)

The largest Saurain swotelakyoch stand an average of 50-60 feet tall. ;)

5:46 PM, April 25, 2006  

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