[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: San

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Dec 12 07:32:22 PST 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, December 12, 2019

Klingon word: San
Part of speech: noun
Definition: fate, destiny

(MO > Lieven, 1/08/2018):  {San} can be translated as either "fate" or "destiny" (and probably some other things).

ngoch luchermeH 'ej wo' San luwuqmeH pa' ghom tlhIngan yejquv DevwI'pu' 
where the leaders of the Klingon High Council meet to determine policy and decide
  upon the fate of the Empire. (S25)

puH lonlaw'ta'
   yIn qa'
   SanDaj SaH pagh
It was as if the spirit of life
   Had forsaken the earth,
   And no one cared about its fate.  (PB)

mob qeylIS 
   ngeng HeHDaq yIt 
   SanDaj buS vaj 'It 
And Kahless was alone 
   Walking along the shore, 
   His fate heavy on his shoulders.  (PB)

nItebHa' yIntaHmeH
   Sanchaj luqaD
   nItebHa' SuvlI'
Fighting side by side
   Against the odds
   For survival together.  (PB)

molor molor molor
   SanlIj DanarghlaHbe'
   chalqachDaq bIQaDbe' je
Molor, Molor, Molor,
   You cannot escape your fate,
   Even in a tower you are not safe!  (PB)

qeylIS molor je
   Sanmaj chenmoH
   tIqDu'raj HoS
Kahless and Molor,
   The strength of your hearts
   Will decide what is to come.  (PB)

ngIq tonSaw' lo' 
   SaD law' San chenmoH qeylIS 
   wej boghbogh nuvpu' San chenmoH 
In one single move, 
   Kahless decided the fate 
   Of thousands, and those to come. (PB)

pa' QeHHa'choH qotar veqlargh je
   quv Hutlhbogh qa' HoH
   quv Hutlh ngoQ Hutlh San Hutlh
Kotar and Fek'lhr cooled their rage there,
   Slaying spirits with no honor,
   No honor, no hope, no future.  (PB)

chutmey tIQ wemta'
   SanDaj qaDta'
   tuHbe' tlhInganvam jay'
He has broken the ancient rules,
   He has defied his destiny
   Curse this Klingon, who has no shame!  (PB)

  “Fate is a human concept.” (Advocate Ch’Pok to Sisko, DS9 "Rules of Engagement") 

(KGT 189):  All too frequently, one hears rumors about the fate of a student of Klingon who intended to say {yo' qIj} ("Black Fleet") but accidentally said {yo' qej} ("grouchy fleet") instead.

(KGT 142):  For a visitor to a Klingon settlement, of course, the fate of any given trait is only of academic interest.

(Jeri Taylor, _Pathways_ [p.198]):  ""Do you understand what Kahless learned?" her [B'Ellana's] mother asked. "That a Klingon can't hide from his destiny. That confronting your fears will conquer them, but flying from them gives them power. Do you understand that?" 

  "Captured by Starfleet officers, Kor cares not for his own fate." (TKW 208 ill.; TOS "Errand of Mercy")

  "Today we conquer. If some day we are defeated, well, war has its fortunes good and bad." (Kor to Kirk, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

  "Think of it, as we sit here, in space above us the destiny of the galaxy will be decided for the next ten thousand years." (Kor to Kirk, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

Do' 		be fortunate, lucky (v)

maQmIgh 	dark omen, sign of evil coming (n)
leSSov 		foresight (n)

yIghoSDo' 	Good luck! (phrase)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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