[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: mu'ghom

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Sep 16 08:21:43 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, September 16, 2019

Klingon word: mu'ghom
Part of speech: noun
Definition: dictionary
Source: TKD

AFAIK never used in a Klingon sentence.

(De'vID < MO, 2/17/2018):  For purposes of boQwI’ [i.e. De'vID's computer translation program], "definition" would be {jIyweS} "translation, gloss".  It’s not a definition like in an English-only (or any-language-only) dictionary (that explains/describes a word’s meaning); it’s a quick tag to give you an idea of what the word means.  For "entry", Maltz suggests {ghu’lIS} "item in a list".  […]  Neither {Hal} nor {mung} would be "source" in the literary sense (which I take to mean where a particular entry in boQwI’ comes from).  This would be {nompuq} "authority, evidence, attestation, reference, citation".

(Lieven, 6/30/2014):  Don't forget the tiny detail (not seen) in Star Trek VI:  When Uhura was searching her Klingon books to speak with the Morska Post, one of the books had a title "Okrand's Dictionary of Klingon".  Since it was a lot bigger than our TKD, we may assume that there will be one or more addendums in the coming three hundred years...

mu'tay' 		vocabulary (n)
jIyweS 		translation, gloss (n)
ghu’lIS 		item in a list (n)
nompuq 	authority, evidence, attestation, reference, citation (n)

Cf. {mugh} "translate" (coincidence or pun?).
Cf. also Arabic *mu'jâm* "dictionary".  (Another coincidence?)

  "He whom God wishes to severely punish, He decrees upon him to be a dictionary compiler. The life of the compiler is like living in Hell." (Eliezer Ben Yehudah, 1858-1922)   

Beh Yehudah's magnum opus - *Milon ha-lashon ha-ʻIvrit ha-yeshanah ṿeha-ḥadashah* (Complete dictionary of ancient and modern Hebrew) - was published over the course of 50 years in 17 volumes, i.e. more than 8,000 double-columned pages.  It is said that the very first word he invented was the term for "dictionary" *milon*.)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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