[tlhIngan Hol] Expressing surprise

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 16 11:28:55 PDT 2017

Nope.  As I wrote:

  There’s no official spelling but when Captain Nu'Daq was quickly and effortlessly defeated
  by Data in the *B'aht Qul* challenge (a form of Klingon arm wrestling), he exclaimed
   *Maw’tok!* in shock.  (TNG "The Chase")


From: tlhIngan-Hol [mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org] On Behalf Of mayqel qunenoS

voragh quoting "tng the chase":
> he exclaimed *Maw’tok!* in shock.

I guess we don't have a canon klingon spelling for maw'tok, right ?


On 16 Aug 2017 9:10 pm, "Steven Boozer" <sboozer at uchicago.edu<mailto:sboozer at uchicago.edu>> wrote:
(TKD 6.4):  The question word chay' "how?" may be used as a one-word sentence meaning “How did this happen? What happened? What the--?”


From: tlhIngan-Hol [mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org<mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org>] On Behalf Of nIqolay Q
There's a few examples you could use when surprised, though the emotion they suggest is more confusion than surprise:

{qaStaH nuq jay'} "What the hell is going on?" (from ST6, I think)
{chay'} "What the-?" (from TKD)
(Maybe you could add {jay'} to the previous example to get {chay' jay'} ("What the hell-?"), which has a nice rhyme to it.)

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