[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: much

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Sep 19 08:20:44 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, September 19, 2019

Klingon word: much
Part of speech: verb
Definition: present

tlhIHvaD paq chu' wImuch 'e' bochaw'mo' chequvmoH 'ej chebelmoH. lut'a'raj Dun
  laDlaHmeH tera'ngan, tera'Daq tlhIngan lut'a' paq wa'DIch wIchenmoHta', lut'a'
  'oH paq'batlh'e'. 
It is a great honor and pleasure that you have allowed us to present you with the
  first Terran edition of your glorious epic, the paq'batlh. 
  (Vincent Van Gerven Oei's speech at qepHom wa'maHDIch)

may' ghe'naQ[na'] lumuchrup tera'nganpu'.  ghorgh lumuch? 
We Terrans will be performing an authentic battle opera. When, you ask? ('u'-MTK)
(KGT 71):  The word for perform music, whether instrumental or vocal and instrumental together, is {much}, which in other contexts means present, as in present a gift to someone.

(KGT 70):  Although Klingon music is performed rather infrequently outside of the Empire, music plays a vital role in Klingon culture, particularly vocal music.
(KGT 72):  Traditional Klingon music is generally performed only by those who have had a great deal of training. The study of this type of music, whether composition or performance, is considered a discipline not unlike a martial art. There are precise forms and complex rules, and mastery of the techniques takes years of study and practice. Traditional Klingon musical forms date back to the time of Kahless, if not earlier, and have shown little variation since then.

(KGT 71):  From the Klingon point of view, a song is not the product of an individual's mind. It has somehow always existed and is waiting for someone (the songwriter or, more accurately, song recorder, {qonwI'}) to transcribe it ({qon}) and then present it ({much}) to others.

 (De’vID < MO, 3/01/2019):  I got confirmation from Maltz that {lol} does not take an object when used for a martial arts stance. The verb to use for that is {much} …  {much} is used for striking a pose, and takes the named stance as the object.

PUN:   MuchMusic?

much  			presentation,  (television)  show (n)

(qepHom 2017 p.12):  I think I'd use {much} for show (or even movie) rather than {ghe'naQ} (unless, of course, it really is an opera).  I think {HaSta much} (or even {HaSta jIH much}) is fine for TV show.
qaStaHvIS wa’maH tup taH much 
The presentation lasts for 10 minutes. 
(lit. “The presentation lasts while 10 minutes happens.”) (qep’a’ 2016)

HaSta much 		movie, TV show; feature film (n) (Netflix)
HaSta jIH much 		TV show (n)
ja’bogh much 		documentary (n) (Netflix)
mI'wI' much 		dance show (n)
Qe' much 		cabaret (n)

ra' 			conduct (orchestra);  command (v)
chu' 			play [a musical instrument] (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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