[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghe'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Mar 20 08:33:56 PDT 2018


Klingon word: ghe'
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be transformed, transmuted, metamorphosed, totally altered
Source: Email from Lieven 2018-02-06
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(Lieven < MO, 2/05/2018):  The Klingon verb {ghe'} is the one most likely to be involved here. It means "be transformed, transmuted, metamorphosed, totally altered".  In context, if someone said {maS Daghe'moH'a'?} (literally "Are you transforming a moon?"), this would be understood to mean "Are you terraforming a moon?"  If context isn't clear, then there'd have to be more verbiage:  {tera' chu' DachenmoHmeH, maS Daghe'moH'a'?} "In order to create a new Earth, are you transforming a moon?") or {maSDaq yInmeH Humanpu', 'oH Daghe'moH'a'?} "In order that Humans live [be alive] on the moon, are you transforming it?" or {yInvaD maS Daghe'moH'a'?} "Are you transforming a moon to benefit life?" (clunky translation).

ghe'chem  	terraforming field (n) (DSC ep. 114)
ghe'moH  	transform,  transmute,  totally alter;  terraform (v) (DSC ep. 114)

(Lieven < MO, 2/05/2018):  I assume that the word "field" in terraforming field refers to an energy field of some sort that causing the terraforming to happen (and not to a plot of land that's undergoing terraforming).  If so, the shortcut way to refer to that field would be {ghe'chem}; a longer way would be {ghe'moHbogh HoSchem}.  But, as above, if context is lacking, there'd have to be some additional stuff to make the nature of the transformation clear.

SEE ALSO:
chen 		build up, take form, take shape (v)
choH 		alter, change (v)
moj 		become (v)

qa'vam jan 	the Genesis Device (n)

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Voragh
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