[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: DuHmor

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Mon Feb 22 08:05:50 PST 2021

I forgot to mention that when I lived in an intentional community before I got married, I had local craftsmen build a cabin for me, which I named {reH pa’} both because it was my playroom, and because no matter where I was, I could always feel happy and calm because my home was “always there.”

I put a higher priority on it being a double pun than I did on making sure the first pun was grammatically correct. I decided that the first pun was an example of clipped Klingon and smiled.

charghwI’ ‘utlh
(ghaH, ghaH, -Daj)

> On Feb 22, 2021, at 11:00 AM, Will Martin <willmartin2 at mac.com> wrote:
> Interesting.
> I can see {HuD} going to “Palatine”, from which we get “palace”, but that ignores the {mor} part, which reminds me of “Biltmore”, which is a remarkable American palace. Of course, that ignores “Bilt”, which doesn’t really connect to anything Klingon, forward or backwards. “BIL” is apparently a common abbreviation that I’d never seen before for “Brother-In-Law”, which reminds me of a friend’s pun…
> My best friend has a brother who has a vacation home with a HUGE garage. It’s a two story structure with two 2-story garage doors so that he can drive his very tall boat on a trailer in or out without having to back up. My friend calls it “Garage Mahall”.
> Extending that, when I built a large (8’x14’) garden shed from a kit, including decorative elements, like shutters for the two windows and fake barn-door-hinges for the doors that have full-length piano hinges, all painted something near Robin’s Egg Blue with contrasting white trim, I named it “Taj MaShed”.
> charghwI’ ‘utlh
> (ghaH, ghaH, -Daj)
>> On Feb 22, 2021, at 10:25 AM, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu> wrote:
>> 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)
>> SEE:
>> 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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