[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghogh'ot

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri May 12 08:39:46 PDT 2017

>>> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, May 12, 2017
>>> Klingon word: ghogh'ot
>>> Part of speech: noun
>>> Definition: bill, payment request, something you must pay
>>> Source: qepHom 2015 p.18

>> [MO > Lieven (10/29/2015)]:  Here are some more words related
>> to paper: a letter, that is a message written on a sheet of
>> paper and sent to someone is a {nav Qin}. An envelope is called
>> {nav vaH}. In context, {vaH} by itself is enough. The word
>> {vaH} can actually be used for everything you put something
>> inside of it. It's a cover for it. A bill, a payment request,
>> something you must pay, is a {ghogh'ot}.

> Okay, I really want this to be a pun on "invoice", given that it starts
> with {ghogh}, but I'm not sure that works. The only meaning I can find for
> {'ot} is "the sound of the letter <o>" (which could be a pun on "owe", but
> then why {ghogh}?).

If you read it backwards - to'ghogh - you get "to voice", which is a little closer to "invoice".  Maybe because a bill or payment request is sent to someone??  (It's a stretch, I know.)

It's interesting that Okrand associated it with paper and envelopes.  I wonder if he had a pile of envelopes with bills to pay on his desk that day? <g>

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