[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: wov'on

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Jun 14 08:26:51 PDT 2018

Klingon word: wov'on
Part of speech: noun
Definition: memory, recollection
Source: Email from Lieven 2018-02-06

(MO > Lieven, 2/05/2018 re DSC ep. 114):   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.):  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.

ghov 		recognize (v)
lIj 		forget (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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