On the Opinion Board there's been some discussion about Star Trek
names, as a branch-off of another discussion about the merits--or lack thereof--of made up names. Anyway, ST names being brought up, I was reminded of something I wanted to ask for some time.
Data once created an android daughter, and named her Lal
. At first she's asexual, but then she chooses to be female. After her introduction and her choosing her sex, Picard says in one of his logs that Lal
, he has learned, is Hindi for "beloved". Now, considering that Lal
died after two weeks of life, the meaning is supposedly especially poignant.
But I looked Lal
up here, and it says it means "to play, to caress" in Sanskrit, and that it's a male name.
an actual Hindi name (male, female, or unisex/asexual), and if so, does it actually mean "beloved"? Or did the ST writers screw up (because Data would never screw up naming his own child, I'm sure)?Miranda