[tlhIngan Hol] [KLBC] introducing myself - jISovmoH’egh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Sep 28 10:59:17 PDT 2016

Welcome to the group, Aurélie.

David is quite correct.  In the TNG episode “The Emissary”, the half-Klingon K’Ehleyr introduced herself to the humans in the Enterprise-D transporter room, “I greet you. I am K’Ehleyr.”  Riker responded in Klingon, “{nuqneH qaleghneS}”.  She replied -- perhaps ironically considering how bad his pronunciation was -- “You speak Klingon!”… in English.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

On Behalf Of David Holt
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:29 PM

{van} is a very reasonable way for Klingons (and thus Klingonists) to great each other. The controversy comes in the fact that you are obliquely making a statement about the action, not actually accomplishing the action. If you're going to salute me, then salute me - you don't have to talk about it, just do it. None the less, statements like {qavan} and {qatlho'} are very common among Klingonists and I even use them myself.

On Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 10:02 AM -0500, "Aurélie Demonchaux" wrote:
Haha yes I know the feeling! I wanted to say “nuqneH” in my 1st message but as I’m the newcomer, it doesn’t apply. And I don’t know if “I salute you” / “qavan” can serve as a greeting formula (it has quite a military connotation, qar’a’?)
>> Aurélie, maHvaD bIjatlhpu' <SaqIHneS>. naDev bIjatlhnISbe' <neS>.
Ok, I was trying to convey “nice to meet you” so I figured adding “neS” would convey a similar idea in a Klingon way, using “I'm honoured to meet you” instead. But then the true Klingon way is possibly to just say nothing in those cases, a bit like for “hello”.
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