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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Mar 15 08:16:42 PDT 2018

Klingon word: yo'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: fleet (of ships)
Source: TKD

  romuluS yo' wIjeyta' 
  We've defeated the Romulan fleet. KGT

  HoD, yo'SeH yaHnIvvo' potlh De' wIHevtaH 
  Captain, we are receiving a priority message from Operations
    Command. (ST5 notes)

  DujvamDaq tlhIngan nuH tu'lu'bogh pov law' Hoch pov puS 'ej DujvamDaq
    'op SuvwI' tu'lu'bogh po' law' tlhIngan yo' SuvwI' law' po' puS 
  It [IKC Pagh] has the best weapons and some of the finest warriors in the
    Klingon fleet. S7

  qarDaSQa'Daq ruDelya' rop'a' Hergh qengbogh yo' Dabot. 
  Intercept Rudellian plague relief convoy to Cardassian Union. MKE

  batlh maHeghbej 'ej yo' qIjDaq vavpu'ma' DImuv. pa' reH maSuvtaHqu' 
  Then we die with honor and join our fathers in the Black Fleet where
   we battle forever. (Anthem)

(KGT 38):  The Klingon military, of course, has a hierarchical structure of its own, with ranks and areas of authority spelled out explicitly. Various fleets and squadrons are loyal to various houses, though, as might be expected, the details of these alliances are subject to change.
(KGT 51f):  The Defense Force is subdivided into units known as {yo'} and {nawlogh}, traditionally translated as fleet and squadron, respectively, but the relationship between the two is not straightforward in terms of chain of command. While a {yo'} always consists of more than one {nawlogh}, there are a number of {nawloghmey} that are independent of any association with a {yo'}. Therefore, while a specific {nawlogh} may be under the command of a {yo'}, another {nawlogh} may have the same status as a {yo'} within the overall forces. Accordingly, when dealing with a troop member ({QaS}) or officer ({yaS}) of a ship, to avoid giving offense, one should either find out ahead of time how that ship fits into the hierarchical structure or else carefully avoid making references to other units as superior or inferior.

 (TKD 20):  The syllable {'ej} also occurs in {'ejyo'} Starfleet. There are, however, no known Klingon words {'ej}, {Do'}, or {yo'} that have anything to do with Starfleet, starships, the Federation, or space vehicles of any kind. It is quite likely... an Old Klingon word... that is used nowhere except in the noun {'ejDo'}. Of course, without further study, that remains pure conjecture. 

 "A Federation fleet is on its way here. Our fleet will meet them." (Kor, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

qengbogh yo'  		convoy
yo' qIj  			the "Black Fleet" (the Klingon afterlife)
yo'SeH yaHnIv 		[Fleet] Operations Command 
'ejyo'  			Starfleet

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

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