[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghInjaj

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Mar 27 08:17:16 PDT 2019

Klingon word: ghInjaj
Part of speech: noun
Definition: Saturday (Informal)
Source: qepHom 2013

(De'vID, 11/2013 re Saturday):  {lojmItjaj} is used for more formal occasions, but both are used interchangeably otherwise

(De'vID, 11/2013 < Maltz answered at qepHom 2013):  tlhIngan Hogh jajmey pongmey bIH.  Delpu' malth.  De' vIQay neH:  DaSjaj Monday, povjaj Tuesday, ghItlhjaj Wednesday, loghjaj Thursday, buqjaj Friday, lojmItjaj/ghInjaj - Saturday ({lojmItjaj} is used for more formal occasions, but both are used interchangeably otherwise).  For weekdays above six, such as found on alien calendars, they're simply counted starting with {jaj wa'} for the seventh weekday: {jaj wa'} - Terran 'Sunday' (no analogue on the Klingon calendar); note that this is consistent with its usage from Star Trek: The Exhibition [...]

(MO to Lieven, 3/27/2012):  Maltz was very familiar with {jaj wa'} being used for Sunday in the publicity for the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas. He said he assumed that whoever used that translation was catering to Americans who were used to considering Sunday the first day of the week, but the way the Klingon system and all of the Earth systems he had heard of overlaid on each other was complex (then he mumbled something about {tlhIngan Hoghmey} and wandered off).

(MO, qepHom 2012 [via De'vID 11/22/2012]):   Maltz […] doesn't understand why in some places on Earth the first day is Sunday, in other places the first day is Monday, and in other places the first day is Saturday. He can't figure out how Terrans know what they're talking about with competing systems like these. He said that years ago he saw "Sunday" translated as "day one" or the like, and he thought that was helpful to Terrans because, he thought, everyone on Earth reckoned things that way. Then  he found out he was wrong and he moped.

For those who don't know it, the line from the Star Trek: The Experience (STX) communique is:

tera' poH jaj wa', jar wa', jaj loSDIch, DIS wa'-Hut-Hut-chorgh: HovpoHvetlh latlh nab yIHutlh 
Save this Stardate: Sunday, January 4, 1998.  (STX)

(De'vID, 6/28/2018):  All of the weekdays are references to the lyrics of The Beatles' "Lady Madonna".

'ISjaH  		calendar (n)
DIS 		year (n)
jar 		month (n)
Hogh 		week (n)
jaj 		day (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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