[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tuQHa'moH

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Mon Aug 12 12:48:09 PDT 2019

On 8/12/2019 3:33 PM, Steven Boozer wrote:
> Klingon word: tuQHa'moH
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: undress
> _______________________________________________
> (HQ 2.4):  {qogh} "ear", of course is homophonous with {qogh}, "belt" ... This homophony explains why the Klingon slang expression {qogh tuQmoHHa'}, literally "take off one's belt" is used to mean to not hear, for example, {qogh vItuQmoHHa'pu'} "I've taken off my belt; your secret is safe with me."

The slang expression is, of course, bizarre: *-Ha'* is not in its 
correct position, and the object of the verb is not predictable by 
either the Klingon grammar /(I cause the belt to un-wear) /or the given 
English definition of *tuQHa'moH* /(I undress the belt)./ The best I can 
guess is that *ghaHvaD qogh vItuQHa'moH* would mean /I take the belt off 
of him (I cause him to un-wear the belt)./ Maybe the indirect object has 
been elided without explanation. Whether *qogh tuQmoHHa'* can get away 
with what it does as a result of slang or error or both, I can't say.


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