[tlhIngan Hol] context of nej

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 24 10:09:51 PST 2018

>> I know we can say {'avwI' vInej} for "I search for the guard". Meaning
>> "I'm trying to locate him".  But could the same sentence {'avwI' vInej}
>> mean as well "I search the guard"?  Meaning, "I search him in order
>> to see if he is armed" ?

No, it wouldn’t.  nej  is glossed as “look for,  seek,  search for”. E.g.

  I am resuming the search.
  I am searching for him/her again. TKD

  jagh luHoHmeH jagh lunejtaH
  They are searching for the enemy in order to kill him.
  [“In order to kill the enemy, they are searching for the enemy.”] TKD

  'avwI' nejDI' narghta'bogh qama' reH 'avwI' Sambej
  When an escaped prisoner looks for a guard, he always finds one. TKW

  Qo'noSDaq boqwI'mey nejmeH je leng qeylIS 'ej chaHvaD lut ja'
  Kahless also went out to search for allies across Kronos, and told them his tale. PB

  chalDaq DapawmeH wutlhDaq bInejnIS
  To reach the heavens, you must seek underground PB

  Daq HopHa’Daq qa’chaj nejlI’ qotar Qempa’QeH je
  Not far away, Kotar and his Qempa'keh, are in search for their souls. PB

  Hov leng wej: Spock nejlu'
  “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (ASM)

nej might well be appropriate when looking/searching for buried treasure or a cloaked Romulan warbird, but to “search someone/something (carefully)” (for hidden weapons, drugs, anti-Empire propaganda, etc.) I would use nuD  “examine, look at, inspect”.  E.g.

  wa' qa' nuD veqlargh, latlh qa' nuD veqlargh
  the Fek'lhr inspects them one by one  (PB)

I would say (nuH vISammeH) qama’ vInuD I searched the prisoner (for weapons).

Something like

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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