[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghaw'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jun 25 08:29:18 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Klingon word: ghaw'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: insecure one, one full of self-doubt, self-doubter (regional slang)

(KGT 30-31):  throughout the Empire, a soup whose main component is *igvah* liver has a special name, {ghaw'}.  This word is avoided in the Vospeg region, however, because there, the word {ghaw'} is a slang term meaning something like "one who is full of self-doubt or who is insecure" and is a word used only as an insult.  To refer to the soup, one simply says {'IghvaH chej chatlh} (literally, "*igvah* liver soup").  In most of the Empire, to say to someone {ghaw' SoH} means only "You are *igvah* liver soup", an odd thing to say, but more incongruous than anything else.  In the Vospeg region, on the other hand, to call someone a {ghaw'} is often the prelude to a fight to the death.

jeQ 		be self-confident (v)
  *jeQHa' 	   be full of self-doubt, insecure, faint-hearted, timid (??)
jaq 		be bold (v)
Hem 		be proud (v)
nguq 		be arrogant, haughty, conceited (v)

vaj Duj chIj 	navigate a warrior ship [idiom: "have strength of character"]

qajunpaQ 	courage, audacity (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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