[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: DuHmor

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Feb 22 07:25:32 PST 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, February 22, 2021

Klingon word: 	DuHmor
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	palace
Source: 	Email to Lieven

(Lieven < MO, 1/01/2018 "Maltz about castles"):
   "In English, a castle is (typically) a building built for protection or fortification.  It can, but doesn't have to be, pretty fancy, but its primary function is defense.  A palace, on the other hand, is (typically) a building built to show off wealth, power, and/or importance, but it's not necessarily the best place to be during a battle.  Having said that, in day-to-day 21st-Century English, the distinction isn't always so clear. 
   "For Klingons, the distinction is also a little murky, since they would never construct a palace (a home for the emperor or some other important person) that was not designed deal with battles.  They might construct a castle, though, that wasn't particularly lavish and not a suitable place for an official residence of the emperor.  The word for such a structure — elegant or otherwise -- is {jem'IH}.  The emperor's castle/palace is simply {ta' jem'IH}.  If, however, the emphasis is to be on the elegance or grandeur of the {jem'IH}, there's another word that can be used: {DuHmor}.  A {DuHmor} is a type of {jem'IH}, so it's a good place for the emperor to hang out.  For clarify, you can say {ta' DuHmor}.   The emperor's official residence would more likely be referred to as a {DuHmor} than a {jem'IH}, but not necessarily always.
   "Klingon ships, of course, are battle-ready, so any ship designed to be the residence of the emperor might, I suppose, be referred to as a {jem'IH} or {ta' jem'IH}.  And if it's a particularly grand place, then {DuHmor} or {ta' DuHmor} could make sense.  (Maybe those are short for {jem'IH Duj} and {DuHmor Duj}.)"

 PUN:  {rom HuD} backwards: "hill of Rome" = Palatine Hill?  I.e. "(one of the seven hills of Rome), on which Augustus and a number of other Roman Emperors had their primary residence and from which we get the English word palace." (QeS, 1/2018)

qach’a’ 		castle  (n) (PB)
  - pup qach'a' 'ach wa' Duy' tu'lu' 
      The castle is perfect, although It has but one flaw (PB)
  - nagh qach'a' rachlu'ta'bogh 'oH Suto'vo'qor'e' 
      Sto-vo-kor, a mighty stone castle (PB)

chalqach 	tower (n)
  - molor chalqach 'avlu'bogh pIrmuS lupawta' 
      they reach the base of Molor's guarded tower (PB)
  - chalqach toS qeylISvam legh neH 
      he [Molor] climbs a watch tower to see this Kahless (PB)
  - Doj chalqachDaj veHmey Hutlh 
      Its towers grand, the space infinite (PB)
  - chalqachlIj rachlu'ta'bogh tutDaq mol'egh betleH 
      The bat'leth sunk into the post of your [Molor's] fortified tower (PB)
  - chalqachDaq bIQaDbe' je 
      Even in a tower you are not safe. (PB)

waw' 		base (military term) (n)
Qo'noS wa' 	Kronos One (SN, Gorkon's flagship)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from the last year or two. I’ve fallen 
    behind in updating my files and adding cross-references for related words.  

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