[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: pagh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Jun 20 07:16:59 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, June 20, 2016
> Klingon word: pagh
> Part of speech: conj
> Definition: either/or (sentences)

bISoptaH pagh bItlhutlhtaH 
You are either eating or else you are drinking. TKD

taH pagh taHbe' 
[yIn pagh yInbe' (Okrand's first version ST6)
"To be or not to be." ST6

(KGT 194):  There is a story, perhaps apocryphal, of a non-Klingon actor who attempted to play the lead in the original Klingon version of Shakespeare's Hamlet but was shouted off the stage when he began the famous soliloquy by saying, {taQ pagh taQbe'} ("To be weird or not to be weird"), rather than the correct {taH pagh taHbe'} ("To be or not to be"; literally, "[one] continues or [one] does not continue").

pay' HIvDI' lo'wI' pagh mupDI' QIHchu' bIH 
[They] provide a damaging surprise attack or give a
 devastating backhand stroke. SP2

 HeghDI' tlhIngan SuvwI' pagh tlhIngan SuvwI' HoHlu'DI' 
When a Klingon warrior dies or is killed... S31

pollaH pagh polHa'laH 
can either keep it or discard it KGT
(idiom for "The matter is unimportant" or "It does not
  make any difference.")

vIpollaH pagh vIpolHa'laH 
I can either keep it or I can discard it. KGT

DapollaH pagh DapolHa'laH 
You can either keep it or you can discard it. KGT

chaw'vam yIpol 'ej SIbI'Ha' yIlo' pagh 'oH yImech 
This card may be kept until needed or traded. MKE

qoj 		and/or (conj)
'ej		and (conj)

Cf. ghap 	either /or (conj. for nouns)

N.B. Do not confuse with the nouns {pagh} "nothing, none" or {pagh} "no one"; the number {pagh} "zero"; or the ship name {pagh} Pagh (TNG "A Matter of Honor").  {pagh} is also the fan name of Eric Andeen.

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

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