[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: botjan

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Jan 11 07:45:00 PST 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, January 09, 2021

Klingon word: botjan
Part of speech: noun
Definition: shields, protective force fields on a ship

botjan yIchu' 		
Raise shields!   KCD

bISuvtaHvIS qarDaS bIghHa' peQ botjan Daveghchu' 
Fight your way beyond magnetic shield of Cardassian prison. MKE

(Okrand in KCD):  The Klingon word {botjan} refers to shields or protective force-fields on a ship. The hand-held shield associated with traditional hand-to-hand combat is called {yoD}. 

(KGT 67):  The verb form of "shield" is also {yoD}, and to "shield oneself" is {yoD'egh}.  (Although the Federation Standard word shields refers to both the old hand-held protective armor, and the force field protecting a vessel--the newer meaning clearly based on the older--in Klingon, there is no connection between the two. The force field on a ship is called {botjan}. To shield a ship, one must activate the shields, or {botjan chu'} ...)

begh botjan 		deflector shield(s) (n) 
peQ botjan 		magnetic shield (n)

begh 			deflectors (n)
Surchem 		force field (n)
HoSchem 		energy field (n)

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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