[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qaw

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Feb 12 06:39:33 PST 2018

Klingon word: qaw
Part of speech: noun
Definition: memory (the ability)
Source: Email from Lieven 2018-02-06
(Lieven < MO, 2/05/2018):  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".
(KGT 101f.):  [in a restaurant] When taking a table's order, the {jabwI'} neither writes anything down nor enters data into a computer. It is considered the duty of the {jabwI'} to remember ({qaw}) the choices and to bring the correct food, and servers tend to be quite skilled at this. On the rare occasion when the {jabwI'} has remembered incorrectly ({qawHa'}), the patron may reject ({lajQo'}) the dish. If the patron rejects a dish that the server believes has been properly remembered, however, the misunderstanding could develop into minor combat.

qaw  		remember (v)
qawHa'  	remember incorrectly (v)
qawmoH  	remind (v)
ghov 		recognize (v)
lIj 		forget (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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