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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 15 08:39:03 PST 2020

Klingon word: lI'
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be useful

wa'maH yIHmey lI'be' 
ten useless tribbles CK

Qu'vaD lI' net tu'bej 
You will find it useful. ST3
One certainly finds it useful for the mission. TKD
One will certainly observe that it is useful to the mission. TKD

Qu'vaD lI' De'vam 
This information is useful for the mission. TKD

HoS lI' Dalo'Ha'chu' 
You are a total waste of good energy! PK

lI' 'e' Datu' 
You will find it useful. PK

lI'qu' tlhIngan may' taj 
The Klingon battle knife is designed primarily for versatility of use. SP2

bIDaqchu' 'ej jagh De' lI' DaSuq 
Intercept useful enemy information. MKE

Do not confuse  {lI' "use" with the verb {lI'} "transmit data (to a place)" or the N4 noun suffix {-lI'} "your (if capable of using language) or the Type 7 verb suffix {-lI'} "in progress". 

The syllable {lI'} also shows up as a final element in several nouns:  {DoylI’} cart, {HablI'} data transceiving device -- cf. {ghogh HablI'} telephone, {nav HablI'} FAX (machine), {'evnagh Se' HablI'} subspace radio -- {nebeylI’}  sarcophagus.

lI'be'  		be useless (v)

lo’ 		use, make use of (v)
lo'laH 		be valuable (v)
lo'laHbe' 	be worthless (v)
qey 		be in vain, futile (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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