[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: bo'Dagh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Mar 7 07:05:10 PST 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Klingon word: bo'Dagh
Part of speech: noun
Definition: scoop, scooping implement (to serve food)

(KGT 97f.):  A scooping implement, much like a garden trowel, used to remove food from a pot, is a {bo'Dagh}.

(KGT 125):  The phrase {bo'Dagh'a' lo'} is another way to say "exaggerate," though it has negative connotations of exaggerating when it is inappropriate to do so. If a warrior, for example, boasts about his recent exploits in a way other warriors find unbelievable, someone might say {bo'Dagh'a' lo'} ("He's using a big scoop"--that is, "He's exaggerating"). It is not uncommon to confront someone by making use of this phrase (for example, {qaHarbe'; bo'Dagh'a' Dalo'} ["I don't believe you; you're using a big scoop"--that is, "You're exaggerating"]) or to use it to assert one's veracity, as in {bo'Dagh'a' vIlo'be'} ("I am not using a big scoop"--in other words, "I am not exaggerating").  The scoop ({bo'Dagh}) in the phrase is the implement used to remove food from the pot in which it was prepared and place it on a serving platter. This is hardly a delicate operation, so scooping with a {bo'Dagh} entails transferring as much food as possible on each trip from pot to platter. Using a big scoop ({bo'Dagh'a'}) would imply transferring even greater quantities of food, perhaps more than the serving plate can handle. An altered form of this expression substitutes {bo'DaghHom} ("little scoop") for {bo'Dagh'a'} ("big scoop"). The phrase {bo'DaghHom lo'} ("use a little scoop") means "make less of something than it really is" or "minimize the importance of something," again with the connotation that this is inappropriate.

baghneQ 	spoon (n)
'un 		pot (n)
'elpI' 		serving platter (n)
jengva'  	plate (sg n)

jab 		serve food (v)
lach 		exaggerate (v)
mIy 		brag (v)
nep 		lie (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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