[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'ejyo' ra'ghomquv

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 17 08:53:36 PST 2018


Klingon word: 'ejyo' ra'ghomquv
Part of speech: noun
Definition: Starfleet Command
Source: qepHom 2017
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>From the qepHom 2017 booklet (p.15):

  LL: The "Klingon High Command" is called {ra'ghomquv}, and their "Operations Command" is called {yo'SeH yaHnIv}. What would be the Starfleet versions of these? 
  MO: For "Starfleet Command," another alternative is {'ejyo' ra'ghomquv}, using {ra'ghomquv}, the word for "High Command."  If Starfleet Command is of a lower level of importance than Starfleet High Command, leave off the {quv}, getting {ra'ghom}. But if Starfleet Command is the highest level (but, unlike the Klingons, just doesn't use the word "High" in its name), keep the {quv}.  If "Starfleet Command" is more like "Starfleet Operations Command", then go with {'ejyo'SeH yaHnIv}. 

CULTURAL/MILITARY NOTES:

(KGT 38):  Within the Klingon Defense Force ({tlhIngan Hubbeq}), which includes the entire Klingon military apparatus, the highest officers tend to be members of influential houses, particularly the members of the ultimate military authority, the High Command ({ra'ghomquv}).

(KGT 51):  The entirety of a government's military apparatus is its {QI'}, usually translated simply as "military". The word is rather general in that it may apply to a nongovernmental military organization as well, such as that of a group of rebels. Though many Klingons themselves are apt to describe the Federation's Starfleet as a type of {QI'}, this is not really an appropriate use of the term, since {QI'} refers to the military only, while the functions of Starfleet are scientific and diplomatic as well. This misapplication of the term may, in part, be responsible for the frequent misunderstandings between the Federation and the Empire. [...] The official Klingon {QI'} is the Klingon Defense Force, or {tlhIngan Hubbeq}, which is run by the Klingon High Command, or {tlhIngan ra'ghomquv}.

(KGT 52):  The highest military officer, the head of the Klingon High Command, is the {la'quv}, usually translated "Supreme Commander." 


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Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons




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