[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: cheH

Lieven levinius at gmx.de
Mon Aug 14 12:08:24 PDT 2017

Am 14.08.2017 um 20:58 schrieb mayqel qunenoS:
> So, with regards to the "act against" translation of {magh}, we can't be 
> certain that it's 100% 'oqranD-approved, right ?

If you take it very exact, than yes.

It seems obvious that the English was there first. When okrand had to 
tanslate it, he searched for a suitable word. Since there was no word 
meaning "act against", he probably thought like "that's quite the same 
as betraying someone", so he picked that word instead. It didn't really 
change the meaning of the phrase.

It's like many people like to use the word {targh} for "dog". It's not 
correct, but conveys the idea.

Anyway, I would stick to the first definition magh = "betray" and regard 
the other translation as a clue on how one could use the word. After 
all, working against somebody that you are supposed to help is 
betraying. But {magh} is not work against /anyone/.

Lieven L. Litaer
aka Quvar valer 'utlh
Grammarian of the KLI

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