[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'o'megh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Mar 22 09:07:26 PDT 2017

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
> Klingon word: 'o'megh
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: end (of a song)
> Source: HQ:v12n2p9

(HQ 12.2:8-9):  Generally, one expresses the end of a stretch of time by using a verb rather than a noun. That is, one says "when the month ends" rather than "at the end of the month". The verb for this kind of end is {Dor}. <...>  When an event over which one has some control ends (one can't cause a month to end), a different verb is used: {van}. This would apply to such things as voyages, battles, plays, operas, stories, and songs. Here, the event (the voyage, the song) doesn't end; the participant in the event or the perpetrator of the event ends it. <...> Note that the voyage and the song cannot end themselves. Someone has to end them. <...>
    There is a difference between the end of the performance of a song or opera or play, indicated by making use of the verbs {van} and {ghang} ["end (an event) prematurely"], and the ending, or final portion, of a song or opera or play itself. For an opera, play, story, speech, and so on, the final portion is its {bertlham}. This word usually refers to the last aria or other musical portion in an opera, last speech in a play, last sentence or so of a story or an address <...> 
    For a song-but only for a song-the final portion is its {'o'megh}. Parallel to {bertlham}, {'o'megh} is the final phrase or so of the song, one that brings the song to a definite conclusion. All songs have endings ({'o'meghmey}), some more elaborate or stirring than others. (Maltz noted that there are Federation songs with {'o'meghmey} he has never heard, and he finds this disconcerting. He said that performers of these songs just sort of fade away before the song has ended properly. He referred to the ending of such a song as its {'o'meghqoq} "so-called ending". 

PUN: omega (last letter of Greek alphabet)

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