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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Mar 20 13:46:13 PDT 2018

bIlugh ‘e’ vIHar.  qID ‘otHa’law’ jIyweS wejDIch’e’.


From: tlhIngan-Hol [mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org] On Behalf Of nIqolay Q
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:41 AM
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<mailto:sboozer at uchicago.edu>> wrote:
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).

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

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