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

nIqolay Q niqolay0 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 09:41:13 PDT 2018

A lot of one-syllable words don't have puns, so this might not be
intentional, but recently I noticed a small similarity to the name of the
famous literary character {ghe'}gor Samsa.

On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 11:33 AM, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu>

> 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)
> --
> Voragh
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