[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Qob

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 8 07:54:46 PST 2020

Klingon word: Qob
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be dangerous

DopDaq qul yIchenmoH QobDI' ghu' 
Set fire on the side when there is danger ("when the situation is dangerous"). PK

naDev jIQal vIneH; Qobbe''a' bIQ 
Is it safe to swim here? (TNK)

Qob qo' qeylIS yIqIm 
Kahless, be aware of danger in all forms. PB

Qob  		danger (n) 

Danger! CK

nIteb Qob qaD jup 'e' chaw'be' SuvwI' 
A warrior does not let a friend face danger alone. TKW 

Qob lIb bam SoH chuDlI' je 
You and your people are in danger. STID

(KGT 163):  while it is acceptable to say {He Qob} (dangerous route), using {Qob} (be dangerous) adjectivally, it is ungrammatical to say {He Qom} for (perilous route).

(TKW 73; ST3):  Klingons have always considered it truly invigorating to face danger. As Commander Kruge said to Captain Kirk while the Genesis planet on which they were stranded was quickly falling apart, "Exhilarating, isn’t it?

(TKW 56):  Klingon scientist Kurak … informed Dr. Crusher, "Insulting the honor of a Klingon can be extremely dangerous."  [cf. TNG "Suspicions"]

cobras are dangerous!  (Qov & Arika Okrent [ILIL])

Qom 		be hazardous, be perilous, be treacherous (slang) (v)
QaD 		be safe, be protected (slang) (v)

lIb 		be impending, imminent, loom (v)
Hung 		security (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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