[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

(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.

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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