[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Dap

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Sep 26 08:22:09 PDT 2019

Klingon word: Dap
Part of speech: noun
Definition: nonsense

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

Dap bom  	nonsense song (n)

(KGT 77f.):  Among the songs sung exclusively to or by children is … the {Dap bom} (literally, "nonsense song"), which teaches and reinforces Klingon musical patterns, even though the words themselves are, for the most part, meaningless.

(KGT 12f.):  Finally, there are some old but still popular songs that retain old words and old grammatical forms that are not interpretable in modern Klingon. In fact, it is not uncommon for Klingon children to think some of these songs are nonsense songs, filled with silly words, and then be surprised to find out that they are ancient hunting songs or battle songs.

chatlh 		nonsense, balderdash (n) (slang)

(KGT 148):  This word literally means soup. It is not known why {chatlh} took on this slang meaning. The standard word for nonsense is {Dap}. 

qID 		joke (n)
qoH 		fool (n)
tu'HomI'raH 	something useless (n)
potlh 		consequential thing, something important (n)

Dogh 		be silly (v)
QIp 		be stupid (v)
tlhaQ 		be funny (v)
qID 		make/tell a joke (v)
toj 		deceive, trick (v)
Sagh 		be serious (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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