[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: bo'Dagh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Oct 13 07:22:11 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, October 13, 2016
> Klingon word: bo'Dagh
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: scoop, scooping implement (to serve food)

(KGT 97-8):  A scooping implement, much like a garden trowel, used to remove food from a pot, is a {bo'Dagh}. 

(KGT 125):  The phrase {bo'Dagh'a' lo'} is another way to say exaggerate, though it has negative connotations of exaggerating when it is inappropriate to do so. If a warrior, for example, boasts about his recent exploits in a way other warriors find unbelievable, someone might say {bo'Dagh'a' lo'} ("He's using a big scoop"--that is, "He's exaggerating"). It is not uncommon to confront someone by making use of this phrase (for example, {qaHarbe'; bo'Dagh'a' Dalo'} ["I don't believe you; you're using a big scoop"--that is, "You're exaggerating"]) or to use it to assert one's veracity, as in {bo'Dagh'a' vIlo'be'} ("I am not using a big scoop"--in other words, "I am not exaggerating").
   The scoop ({bo'Dagh}) in the phrase is the implement used to remove food from the pot in which it was prepared and place it on a serving platter. This is hardly a delicate operation, so scooping with a {bo'Dagh} entails transferring as much food as possible on each trip from pot to platter. Using a big scoop ({bo'Dagh'a'}) would imply transferring even greater quantities of food, perhaps more than the serving plate can handle. 
    An altered form of this expression substitutes {bo'DaghHom} (little scoop) for {bo'Dagh'a'} (big scoop). The phrase {bo'DaghHom lo'} ("use a little scoop") means make less of something than it really is or minimize the importance of something, again with the connotation that this is inappropriate.

bo'DaghHom  	little scoop (to serve food) (n)
bo'Dagh'a'  	big scoop (to serve food) (n)
baghneQ 		spoon (n)
'un  			pot (n)	
'elpI' 		serving platter (n)

lo'  			use, make use of [something] (v)
jab  			serve food (v)

lach  		exaggerate (v)
mIy 			brag (v)
nep 			lie (v)

N.B. do not confuse {bo'Dagh} with {bo'Degh} "bird (general word)".

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