[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: HoQ

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Aug 1 08:32:34 PDT 2019

Klingon word: HoQ
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be honored falsely, be falsely honorable
Source: HQ:v12n3p8

(HQ 12.3:8-9):  Maltz … said it could be used in the same places {quv} "be honored, be honorable" could be used, but only then the honor was not legitimate. Thus, a delegate to the Klingon Empire could well be described as a {Duy quv} "honored emissary", but if it turned out that he or she was a spy, the phrase {Duy HoQ} "falsely honored emissary" would be appropriate. […] Maltz mentioned one noun associated with these verbs, {DavHam}, which he defined simply as "false honor", but which really covers the same semantic ground as both {HoQ} and {Qaq} (but not really {mIl}).  {DavHam} is different from {quvHa'ghach} "dishonor" (noun) in that the latter does not imply seeming to be honorable or the appearance of honorability, but rather the lack of or loss of honor.

HoQmoH  	honor falsely (v) 

quv 		be honored, be honorable (v)
Qaq 		behave falsely honorably, behave in a falsely honorable manner (v)
mIl 		be formerly honored (v)

qal 		be corrupt (v)
yuD 		be dishonest (v)
mIgh 		be evil (v)
lIl 		impersonate, simulate (v)

DavHam	false honor (n)
quvHa'ghach 	dishonor (n)
   quvHa'ghach mIr  	losing streak (qep'a' 2018)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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