[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qum

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Apr 20 08:14:33 PDT 2017

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, April 20, 2017
> Klingon word: qum
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: government

pa' 'oHtaH vaS'a''e'.  tlhIngan qum waw' 'oH. 
This is where the Klingon Great Hall is located,
 the center of the Klingon government. S27

qum DuSaQmeyDaq 'Irghbe'meH ghotpu' nabmey ghojmoH... 
In public schools, it teaches procedures so that people
 don't bully...  [Pop Culture Hero Coalition (PCHC)]  

  "The entirety of a government's military apparatus is its QI', usually translated simply as military." (KGT 51)

  "To determine one's place in Klingon society or to understand who has authority over whom, one must be aware of the qutluch patlh of the military, the government, the house with which one is associated, and so on." (KGT 111)

  "Literally meaning cape, this slang term is an example of metonymy, whereby one word (or phrase) stands for another with which it is associated. In this case, the leader of the Klingon High Council typically wears a ceremonial cape. The slang sense of ngup does not refer only to this position on the High Council, however, but to anyone in power or even to "the power structure." Someone unsatisfied with the status quo, a rebel, might be said to want to ngup qaD (challenge those in charge; literally, challenge the cape). Nonslang equivalents of ngup are woQ (authority, political power) and qum (government)." (KGT 157)

  "the Order of the Bat'leth (betleH 'obe'), the highest honor that the government bestows on a Klingon" (KGT 183)

qumwI'  	governor (n)

  "I am Kor, military governor of Organia." (Kor, TOS "Errand of Mercy"; cf. TKW 118 ill.) 

  In 2267 Klingon agent Krell was grooming Apella of the village people of Neural to be "a governor in the Klingon Empire". (TOS "A Private Little War") 

  General K'Vagh was the military governor of Qu'Vat Colony and in charge of the genetics research facility there. (ENT "Affliction" & "Divergence")

  Worf's father, Mogh, was governor of the Khitomer Outpost when it was attacked by Romulans. (TNG "Sins of the Father")

  The IKC Qu'Vat, carrying Governor Torak, rendezvoused with the Enterprise-D in 2369 at Relay Station 47. (TNG "Aquiel")

  In an alternate future, Worf is a governor of an obscure Klingon planet. (TNG "All Good Things...")

loH 		administration (n)
HI'tuy 	dictatorship (n)
woQ 		authority, political power (n)
tum 		agency (n)

qum  		govern (v)
che' 		rule (v)
ghatlh 	dominate (v)
vu' 		manage (v)
loH 		administer (v)

cho' 		succeed [to authority] (v)
gheS 		assume duties of, take on responsibilities (v)
Sugh 		install [in office] (v)
lu 		fall from power (v)

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

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