[tlhIngan Hol] new words episode 14 and 15

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Tue Feb 6 02:14:17 PST 2018

For the Klingon subtitles in episode 114, Marc Okrand could get Maltz to 
talk again, and revealed the following words. All of the following are 
direct quotes of Okrand:

{QIl} v. "be desperate", as when there's no way out, they have nothing 
to lose. This includes ideas like "last-ditch, do-or-die, hopeless, doomed."

{maleSya'} n. Malaysia

Think of {rang} as "be responsible for."  As I mentioned, it takes an 
object ({ngoy'} does not).  {rang} cannot be used as an adjective.


Using {qaw} "remember" seems to work in your example of {Dochmey 
qawbogh} "things he remembers/remembered."

But I agree — it's a little awkward. And what one remembers should 
probably be described as something better or descriptive than simply 

We've got {qawHaq} "memory banks." Maltz didn't know what {Haq} in this 
word was. (He said it has nothing to do with surgery — that's just a 
coincidence.)  But {qaw}, he said, is a perfectly fine noun meaning 
"memory" in the sense of the ability to remember or the power of recall. 
  It does not refer to specific memories or recollections. That's a 
different word: {wov'on}.

It's more common to hear {wov'on qaw} "he/she remembers a memory" than 
{wov'on ghaj} "he/she has a memory," though the colloquial (English) 
translation of the former would be "he/she has a memory."  Someone who 
remembers a lot of stuff or who can easily remember things (like dates 
or lines of a play) may be said to have a {qaw pov} "excellent memory."


Regarding the verb "compare", I (Lieven) asked whether this would work:
{A-mey patlhmoH C} "C sorts his A" (for instance, his socks)
Okrand said:

In general, yes.  I suppose you could say this if A means "socks," but 
that would imply that the person doing the sorting likes or values some 
socks more than some others.

(so it wouldn't be used to clean your room. It's still about ranking.)

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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