[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghIgh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jun 7 08:26:15 PDT 2019

Klingon word: ghIgh
Part of speech: noun
Definition: assignment, task, duty (slang)

(KGT 150f.):  As this word literally means necklace, perhaps the slang usage is based on the old practice of identifying one's position within a military unit—for example, one's assignment on a ship—by means of a symbol hung on a chain worn around the neck. On the other hand, it may be based on the idea that assignment to a specific task holds one in that position as if by means of a line around the neck. The usual nonslang word for assignment, mission is {Qu'}.

 PUN:   a "gig" is a musician's or actor's job of work

ghIgh  		necklace (n)

Qu' 		duty, assignment, mission (n)
yaH 		duty station (n)
ngoy' 		be responsible (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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