[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Qur

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Aug 27 08:13:08 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Klingon word: Qur
Part of speech: noun
Definition: structure, organization, anatomy
Source: qepHom 2011, Email from Marc Okrand of 25 October 2011

(MO to Lieven, 10/25/2011):  I asked him about Morskan {qurbuSwI'} [architect]. He said he wasn't really all that familiar with Morskan, but then he thought about it a little more and said he did know a word {Qur} that might be related, though it was difficult to translate. The best he could come up with was "structure" or "organization". He was quick to point out that this did not mean structure like a building is a structure, nor did it mean organization like an organization of people or even an organization of states. It means the way things fit together or the arrangement of the parts of something bigger. He said it could be used for anatomy when talking about animals. Though he looked a little pained when I suggested it, he agreed that one could say that Scotty understood the {Qur} of the Enterprise.

(KGT 110-11):  [{qutluch patlh}] means hierarchical structure. The *kut'luch* is a knife associated with Klingon assassins, so the imagery is one of a list, presumably in a specific order, of intended victims of the *kut'luch*. To determine one's place in Klingon society or to understand who has authority over whom, one must be aware of the {qutluch patlh} of the military, the government, the house with which one is associated, and so on.

tlham 		order, (societal) structure (slang) (n)
patlh 		rank, level, layer, standing (n)
pat 		system, grid (n)
qach  		structure, building (n)

"In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." (Laurence J. Peter, _The Peter Principle_ [1968])

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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