[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghel

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jun 17 07:29:40 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, June 17, 2016
> Klingon word: ghel
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: ask (a question)

AFAIK no example sentences in canon.  

(HQ 7:4):  What I wanted to do with {tlhob} and {ghel} is to distinguish between two different meanings for the English verb "ask". There are two ask's. There's the ask where you ask a question and there's ask where you make a request. I wanted it to be two different verbs, though apparently there are times when the request verb is used to ask a question as well. So maybe the way it works is that {ghel} can ask a question and only as a question and the other one can mean that and is also used to request or plead or something like that.


tlhob 	ask, request, plead (v)

  I ask you. KLS

  Please.  TNK

  lutlhob <naDevvo' vaS'a'Daq majaHlaH'a'?> 
  They ask him, "Can we get to the Great Hall from here?" PK

  juDev 'ej Dujvam ra'wI' DagheS 'e' vItlhob 
  I ask you to lead us as commander of this ship.
  ("I request that you lead us and that you assume the duties
    of commander of this ship.") KGT

  molor luSuvmeH nuHmeychaj Suq 'e' tlhob qeylIS 
  Kahless asks that they take up their weapons to fight Molor PB

yu' 		question, interrogate (v)

  AFAIK no examples in canon. 

poQ 		demand, require (v)

  muSuvbogh DoS vIpoQ 
  I need a target that fights back. ST5

  qab legh 'e' poQ 
  He/she demands to see a face. [i.e. a challenge to a duel] KGT

  loHwI' vISuch 'e' vIpoQ 
  I demand to see the magistrate! (ENT "Affliction")

qoy' 		plead, beg (v)

  AFAIK no examples in canon.

jang 		answer (v)

  jang 'avwI' <jIghung je> 
  The guard replies, "I am also hungry." PK

  jang 'avwI' <jI'oj je> 
  The guard replies, "I am also thirsty." PK

  jang 'avwI' <lIchopbe'chugh ghewmey!> 
  The guard answers, "If the bugs do not bite you!" PK

  lujang maS'e' loQ So'be'bogh QIb lurur 
  they reply, shaped as the crescent moon. PB

  lujang meQboghnom 'oH yeqchuqchu'taHghach Daw' je joqwI' 
  They reply it is the {meQboghnom}, the banner of unity
   and revolution. PB

tlhIngan ghantoH pIn'a'
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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