[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: way'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Feb 12 07:12:40 PST 2020

Klingon word: way'
Part of speech: verb
Definition: parry, deflect a lunge

wIjoppu' 'ej wIway'pu' 
We have lunged and we have deflected. (i.e. "We have had an argument.")  KGT

[ Should this be {majoppu' 'ej maway'pu'} or is an object (i.e. the bat'leth) implied?]

(KGT 59):  There is an extensive vocabulary for the moves associated with bat'leth use. To thrust or lunge toward one's opponent, for example, is {jop}. To deflect a thrust -- that is, to parry -- is {way'} ... When teaching someone to use the bat'leth, the tutor will shout out movements--for example, {yIjop! yIway'!} ("Lunge! Defend!"). Generally in such a situation, however, the tutor will used the shortened form of the language known as Clipped Klingon and skip the imperative prefix {yI-}, leaving only the bare verb: {jop! way'!}  It is important to note that the tutor is giving the student direct commands ("Lunge! Defend!"), not shouting out the names of movements.

(KGT 115):  This idiom [{jop 'ej way'} "lunge and deflect"], which means "have an argument", is based on movements associated with the bat'leth. During the course of a bout, both parties, among other things, alternately lunge ({jop}), that is, push the bat'leth toward the opponent, and deflect ({way'}), or use the bat'leth to push the oncoming one away. Each side, then, engages in both offensive and defensive movements, and this alternation of roles is likened to a verbal duel. In using the expression, the appropriate verbal affixes are attached; for example, {wIjoppu' 'ej wIway'pu'} ("We have lunged and we have deflected" -- that is, "We have had an argument").  If the two verbs are reversed ({way' 'ej jop} ["deflect and lunge"]), the idea of have an argument is not present, though the phrase is perfectly well formed if referring to a bat'leth bout.

  The {mong'em} maneuver is "A parry where you thrust a sword or other edged weapon behind your neck in order to block an attack from the rear." [Keith R.A. DeCandido's novel "Diplomatic Implausibility"]

yan 		wield, use or manipulate a sword (v)
bot 		prevent, block, prohibit (v)

ghoH 		argue, dispute (v)
Sol 		quarrel (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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