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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Jan 2 07:16:18 PST 2020

Klingon word: buSHa'
Part of speech: verb
Definition: ignore
Source: KGT

Qu' buSHa'chugh SuvwI', batlhHa' vangchugh, qoj matlhHa'chugh, pagh ghaH SuvwI''e' 
If a warrior ignores duty, acts dishonorably, or is disloyal, he is nothing.  (TKW)

DaghIjlu' 'e' DabuSHa'laHbe' 
Fear speaks very loud. 
("You can't ignore that you're scared") (Lieven < MO, 2/02/2018)

(KGT 149):  The verb {Dach} literally means "be absent", but when applied to a person who is obviously present or otherwise accounted for, it is usually interpreted to mean that the person's mind has wandered. It does not mean absent-minded, which involves forgetfulness. Rather, it means that the person is, for whatever reason, not focusing on the task at hand. Nonslang equivalents are {qImHa'} (not pay attention) and {buSHa'} (not focus [on], ignore).

(De'vID < MO, 2/25/2018):  As you say, case, lower case, and upper case are not Klingon things, so there’s no traditional Klingon jargon for this.  Maltz said to just use big and small:  {ngutlh tIn, ngutlh mach}.  For "ignore case", perhaps {ngutlh Sar buSHa’} "ignore written-character variety" or {potlhbe’ ngutlh Sar} "written-character variety isn’t important".

buS  		concentrate/focus on, think only about, pay attention to (v)

Qub 		think (v)
paQ 		meditate, cogitate, reflect (v)
bop		be (all) about something (v)
qel 		take into account, consider (v)
SaH 		care for, be concerned about (v)
qIm		pay attention (to) (v)
qImHa'  	disregard,  not pay attention (v)
SIv 		wonder (v)
vuQ		fascinate (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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