[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: moH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Sep 28 09:25:55 PDT 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, September 28, 2020

Klingon word: moH
Part of speech: verb
Definition: influence, exert undue influence on (slang)

(KGT 154):  The verb {moH (literally}, be ugly) normally does not take an object. In its slang meaning, however, it is used only if there is an object, as if it were "(somebody) uglies (somebody)". For example, it is found in such expressions as {DamoH} ("You exert undue influence on him/her"; literally, "You ugly him/her"). The word {bImoH}, with the prefix {bI-} (you [no object]), can mean only "You are ugly". The slang usage of {moH} is probably influenced by the verb suffix {-moH} (cause), as in {mevmoH} ("cause [someone] to stop"--(compare {mev}, "[someone] stops"). In standard Klingon, the verb meaning influence is {Sigh}.

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