[tlhIngan Hol] expressing "relationship" and "relation/related"

Felix Malmenbeck felixm at kth.se
Thu Nov 14 09:24:53 PST 2019

Although I'm not certain it's the best choice here, you may want to consider the word «ruS» ("bond").

In paq'batlh, the bond of family is described as «qorDu' ruS».

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Subject: Re: [tlhIngan Hol] expressing "relationship" and "relation/related"

(Lieven, 11/07/2016):  There is an idiomatic expression:  {lInchuq} "share each other".  This is not a euphemism, but Maltz admitted it's a little risqué.  {lInchuq} ("they share each other") means that they (whoever is being talked about) have a physical relationship of some sort.  The phrase is general — it doesn't imply anything about exactly what they do physically. It also doesn't necessarily mean that they are doing something right now (at the time of speaking).  The relationship could be relatively light (a little nibbling) or heavier (really biting) or beyond (Maltz thought that Terrans might find that part a bit risqué).  As with other verbs with {-chuq}, the prefix has to indicate a plural subject and no object:  {malInchuq, SulInchuq}.

(MO to Lieven, 11/15/2010):  There was another question about whether {loDnI'nal} and {be'nI'nal} could be brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  Maltz said he didn't think there were specific words for these concepts.  He said to just describe the relationship:  {loDnI' loDnal} and {be'nI' loDnal} for brother-in-law and {loDnI' be'nal} and {be'nI' be'nal} for sister-in-law.  He said you could even say things like {be'nal loDnI' be'nal} "wife's brother's wife".

N.B.:  "just describe the relationship."


  WORF:   "Klingons do not pursue 'relationships';  we conquer that which we desire." (TNG "In Theory")

After he was stationed on DS9 Worf changed his opinion:

  JADZIA:  “Not every relationship has to end like a Klingon opera.”
  WORF:    “No. Just the ones that are important.” (DS9 “Let He Who is Without Sin…”)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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From: Luciano Montanaro

Given the militaristic nature of the Klingon society, your choice of word seems good.
At least for the business case. I am not sure about the romantic/sexual relationship, a Klingon would not dance around with words.
parmaq 'ohchugh, parmaq yija',

On Thu, Nov 14, 2019 at 12:46 PM mayqel qunen'oS:
> For quite some time now, I've been wondering how to say "relationship", as in "I'm in a relationship with that woman", or "we've a business relationship".
> Finally, lacking a better alternative, I decided to be using the noun {boq} "alliance, bloc, coalition".
> .. Which of course, isn't ideal, but I can't find anything better.
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