[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ragh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jan 14 07:37:11 PST 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, January 13, 2020

Klingon word: ragh
Part of speech: verb
Definition: decay

'etlh QorghHa'lu'chugh ragh 'etlh nIvqu' 'ej jejHa'choH 
Even the best blade will rust and grow dull unless it is cared for. TKW

Soj DaraghmoHpu' 
You have caused the food to decay. KGT

Soj raghmoHlu'pu' 
The food has been decayed. Someone has caused the food to decay. KGT

(KGT 91):  It is important to distinguish {rogh} [ferment] from {ragh} (decay). Food that has decayed ({raghpu'bogh Soj}, or more succinctly, {Soj no}n--"rotten food") is food that has become inedible and must be thrown away, though it is sometimes given to animals.

(KGT 84):  For food that has been prepared particularly poorly, it is not uncommon to hear {Soj raghmoHlu'pu'} ("The food has been decayed" or "Someone has caused the food to decay") or the more pointed {Soj DaraghmoHpu'} ("You have caused the food to decay"), even though the food has not literally decayed.

(KGT 86):  … it is most insulting to say that someone smells like rotting *forshak*.

raghmoH  	cause to decay/rust/corrode (v)

rogh		ferment (v)
non 		be rotten (v)
ngIm 		be putrid (v)
tlhorgh 		be pungent (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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