[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ra'ghomquv

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Dec 23 07:31:46 PST 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, December 20, 2019

Klingon word: ra'ghomquv
Part of speech: noun
Definition: High Command

(KGT 38):  Within the Klingon Defense Force ({tlhIngan Hubbeq}), which includes the entire Klingon military apparatus, the highest officers tend to be members of influential houses, particularly the members of the ultimate military authority, the High Command ({ra'ghomquv}).

(KGT 51):  The official Klingon {QI'} [military] is the Klingon Defense Force, or {tlhIngan Hubbeq}, which is run by the Klingon High Command, or {tlhIngan ra'ghomquv}." 

(KGT 52):  The highest military officer, the head of the Klingon High Command, is the {la'quv}, usually translated Supreme Commander.

Lieven (LLL) interviews Okrand (MO), [qepHom 2017 booklet, p.15]:
LLL: 	The "Klingon High Command" is called {ra'ghomquv}, and their "Operations Command" is called {yo'SeH yaHnIv}. What would be the Starfleet versions of these? 
MO: 	For "Starfleet Command," another alternative is {'ejyo' ra'ghomquv}, using {ra'ghomquv}, the word for "High Command." If Starfleet Command is of a lower level of importance than Starfleet High Command, leave off the {quv}, getting {ra'ghom}. But if Starfleet Command is the highest level (but, unlike the Klingons, just doesn't use the word "High" in its name), keep the {quv}. If "Starfleet Command" is more like "Starfleet Operations Command", then go with {'ejyo'SeH yaHnIv}. 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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