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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Feb 26 08:06:26 PST 2018

Klingon word: 'o'wen
Part of speech: noun
Definition: someone or something of ambiguous status
Source: Email from 'ISqu'

(MO to 'ISqu', 1/02/2012):  For double agent, Maltz liked the slang expression {jey'naS ghoqwI'} (literally, "double-headed ax spy"). He said the non-slang term {'o'wen} could also be used for "double agent," but its meaning is a bit broader -- it's used to refer to someone (or something) of ambiguous status. As Maltz put it, "You're not quite sure if it's this or that. You think it's one thing, and it may be, but it may be another."

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

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