[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: may'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Oct 12 08:28:29 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, October 11, 2016
> Klingon word: may'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: battle

may' yIghuH 
Battle Alert! ST3

may' ngeb tIv Hoch 
Everyone enjoys a mock battle. CK

may'Daq jaHDI' SuvwI' juppu'Daj lonbe' 
When a warrior goes to a battle, he does not abandon his friends. TKW

may'meyDajvo' Haw'be' tlhIngan 
A Klingon does not run away from his battles. TKW

narghbe'chugh SuvwI' qa' taH may' 
If the warrior's spirit has not escaped, the battle is still going on. TKW

wo' choqmeH may' DoHlu'chugh lujbe'lu' 
"ending a battle to save an empire is no defeat." TKW

yoHbogh matlhbogh je SuvwI' Say'moHchu' may' 'Iw 
The blood of battle washes clean the warrior brave and true. (Anthem)

ngIq tonSaw' lo' 'ej rIn may' 
In one single move, the battle was done. PB

may' DaQap, vaj betleH 'obe' Damuv 'e' Daqotlh 
Win battle and earn entrance into the Order of the Bat'leth. MKE 

may' bom  		battle song
may' ghe'naQ  	battle opera
may' qoch  	battle partner
may' Sut  		body armor 
may' ta  		record of battle
may' taj  		battle knife
may'Duj  		battle cruiser
may'luch  		battle gear, panoply, complete set of armor & weapons
may'morgh  	battle array

N.B. {may'ron} "accordion, concertina" has nothing to do with battles -- presumably.

(KGT 47):  In parallel fashion, any specific battle is {may'}, but the concept of battle is {vIq}, often translated as "combat"... In short, the nouns {veS} (war, warfare) and {vIq} (combat) and the verb {Qoj} (wage war) all are used to refer to the ideas of warfare, combat, and making war, while the nouns {noH} (war) and {may'} (battle) and the verbs {ghob} (make war, do battle) and {Suv} (fight) are used when referring to specific, concrete instances of war, battle, and fighting. Thus it is possible to say ... {may' ghob} or {may' Suv}, meaning "He/she fights a battle", but it is not normally acceptable to say ... {vIq Suv} ("He/she fights a combat").

(KGT 164):  It is inappropriate to use the word [{Sub} (slang)] to describe anything other than a person; a phrase such as {may' Sub} would mean only "solid battle" and would probably be considered a meaningless utterance.

(KGT 159):  When applied to anything other than people or animals, the slang meaning is more likely. Thus, {may' qu'} (fierce battle) is really a way of saying "excellent battle". In Klingon, only a participant in a battle, not the battle itself, can literally be described as fierce.

The Battle of HarOs was a famous battle involving the Klingons. As a present for Worf's 30th birthday, Data created an expressionist paingint of the famous battle which LaForge recognized. (TNG "Parallels")

The Klingons fought the Romulans in a legendary victory at Klach D'Kel Bracht in 2272. (DS9 "Blood Oath")

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

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