[tlhIngan Hol] derogatory, but to whom ?

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Mar 21 07:24:07 PDT 2019

From: mayqel qunen'oS
>> If I say be'nI'wIj, is it derogatory to me or to my sister ? Or to both ?

To your sister.  How would it insult you   ?

(TKD 25) :  It is grammatically correct to use the regular possessive suffixes with nouns referring to beings capable of speech (as in puqlIj your child), but such constructions are considered derogatory; joHwIj for my lord borders on taboo. Students of Klingon should bear this in mind.
(KGT 190):  Addressing my Lord or my Lady as joHwIj rather than joHwI' is insulting indeed, since it implies that my Lord or my Lady is a lower order of being... The only thing worse would be combining mispronunciation with grammatical blundering, such as by saying joQDu'wIj (my ribs) ... when joHpu'wI' (my Lords, my Ladies) is intended. Mistakes of this kind are simply not tolerated and there are no recorded instances of anyone living long enough to repeat the offense.
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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