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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Dec 2 07:41:43 PST 2021

Klingon word: 	po'
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	be expert, be skilled

po'neS baHwI'pu'lI' 
Your gunners are skilled, your Honor. (PK)

He's good.  (ST5 movie)

ghuy' po'qu' 
Damn, he's good! (ST5 notes) 

DujvamDaq 'op SuvwI' tu'lu'bogh po' law' tlhIngan yo' SuvwI' law' po' puS 
It [IKC Pagh] has... some of the finest warriors in the Klingon fleet. (S7)

tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI' po' 
[a skilled Klingon (language) speaker]  (an book inscription by Okrand)

qepHomDaq ghojwI'pu' chu' tu'lu' 'ej tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI'pu' po'qu' tu'lu' …  ghojwI'pu' chu' ghojmoH jatlhwI'pu' po'qu'.  tugh ghojwI'pu' po' moj ghojwI'pu' chu'.  tugh jatlhwI'pu' po' moj ghojwI'pu' po'.  …  tugh QInvam lulaDlaH ghojwI'pu' chu' 'ej QaHnISbe' jatlhwI'pu' po'qu'. 
(Okrand's greetings to qepHom 2013)

(KGT 159):  The nonslang term for an expert is {po'wI'} (literally, "one who is expert, skilled").
(KGT 164):  "This verb [{SIj}] literally means "slash, slit (with a blade)".  When used in its slang sense, it does not take an object:  {bISIj} ("You are insightful, you have a keen mind"; literally, "You slash"). Nonslang counterparts are {val} (be clever, smart) and {'ong} (be cunning, sly).

Okrand communicated privately with members of the KSRP that pronouns (being a subset of nouns) could indeed be used with stative verbs. Thus, {SoH po' law' jIH po' puS} is correct.  (cf. HQ 4.2:3) 

Sov		know (v)
'um 		be qualified (v)
Han 		be learned, scholarly, erudite (v)
chul 		be wise (v)

jIv  		be ignorant (v)
Soy' 		be clumsy (v)

po'wI' 	 	expert (n) 
pIn 		expert, authority (n, slang)
Sov  		knowledge,  wisdom (n)
laH 		ability (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last 
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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