[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: patlh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Apr 19 08:16:29 PDT 2018

Klingon word: patlh
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be ranked, have a status, be graded, be sorted, have a rank of
Source: Email from Lieven 2018-02-06

(Lieven < MO, 2/05/2018):  Perhaps the verb {patlh} "be ranked, have a status, be graded" will work.  The form {patlhmoH} would mean "rank, assign status, sort" and also "compare".  When used with the "compare" meaning, of course, the object of the verb is always plural.  The implication that if two (or more) things are ranked or sorted, they're ranked in comparison to one another.

patlhmoH  	rank,  assign status,  sort,  grade,  compare (v)

(DevID < MO, 2/10/2018):  "Be sorted" is {patlh}, which also means "have a rank of".  So sort is {patlhmoH}, also meaning rank.  The object of {patlhmoH} is not a list (as a whole) but the things in the list, the things to be ranked or sorted.  {Sal} and {ghIr} cannot be used for sort order.  To sort a list of English words alphabetically (or reverse alphabetically), use constructions like {wa'DIch a, HochDIch z} or {wa'DIch z, HochDIch a}.  For a list of Klingon words, it would be {wa'DIch bay, HochDIch qaghwI', wa'DIch qaghwI', HochDIch bay}.  You'd use similar constructions to sort by date or whatever.  I'm assuming that, for your purposes, you wouldn't sort by anything other than something that can be put in a specific order - that is, not sorting by color, for example...

 (Lieven < MO, 2/07/2018):  [I see that {patlhmoH} could be used for a captain to grade/promote a person:  {wo'rIv patlhmoH HoD}. Make sense? Okrand replied]:  "The sentence is fine. It means something like 'The captain ranked Worf', that is, the captain made a judgment about how well Worf was doing or how valuable Worf was compared to someone else or to a group (or, I suppose, 'The captain graded Worf')." 

patlh  			rank,  level,  layer,  standing (n)

   Hung buv rav: patlh Hut 
   classified level 9 and above  (KBoP)

Do patlh 		speed (specific) (NASM) (n)

   Do patlh vItlhqu' chavta'. 
   [translation not available] (NASM: Bell X-1)

qutluch patlh  		hierarchical structure (lit. "*kut'luch* rank") (n)

buv 			classify (v)
poj 			analyze (v)
chov 			assess, evaluate, test (v)
gher 			compile (v)

num 			promote (v)
cho' 			succeed (to authority) (v)
gheS 			assume duties of, take on responsibilities (v)
Sugh 			install [in office] (v)

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

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