[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghang

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 16 07:26:29 PST 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Klingon word: ghang
Part of speech: verb
Definition: end prematurely (an event, voyage, battle, play, opera, story, song, etc.)
Source: HQ:v12n2p8

  DIvI' rojmab qep ghanglu' 'e' nIDlu', 'ach taH qep. 
  Despite efforts to halt them, peace talks with Federation continue. MKE

(HQ 12.2:8):  Another verb, {ghang}, is used to express the idea of a premature ending. If, using the same examples, the voyage is cut short or the song is interrupted before the final part is sung, one would say: 
   {leng [lu]ghangDI' SuvwI'pu' 'IQ chaH} 
       "When the warriors end the voyage prematurely, they are sad." [sic! {lu-} omitted] 
   {bom [lu]ghangDI' SuvwI'pu' tlhutlh chaH}
       "When the warriors end the song prematurely, they drink." [sic! {lu-} omitted] 
Note that the voyage and the song cannot end themselves. Someone has to end them. ... There is a difference between the end of the performance of a song or opera or play, indicated by  making use of the verbs {van} and {ghang}, and the ending, or final portion, of a song or opera or play itself. For an opera, play, story, speech, and so on, the final portion is its {bertlham}. 

 "The Gong Show" (Chuck Barris' U.S. TV show).  Many of those acts were ended prematurely when one of the judges struck a gong.

Dor 		end (v)
qIl 		cancel (v)
van 		end [an event] (v)
ta' 		accomplish, do (v)

N.B.  {ghangwI'} "horizon" (n) seems not to be related to {ghang} despite what appears to be the V9 nomen agentis suffix {-wI'}.  Could this be evidence of an unknown or obsolete homophonous verb?  Can anyone think of another example containing *{wI'} meaning something other than "one who is/does, thing which is/does" or "my (capable of using language)"?  

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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