[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jej

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jul 27 08:40:31 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	jej
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	be sharp

qatlh jej taj 
Why is the knife sharp? KGT

jejjaj tajlIj 
May your knife be sharp. KGT

tajlIj jejjaj 
May your knife be sharp. (toast) KGT

jej; Daqtagh rur 
sharp as a *d'k tahg* [common simile] KGT

jejHa'; naH taj rur 
dull as a vegetable knife [common simile]  KGT

moQDaq DuQwI'Hommey jej tu'lu' 
A brutally spiked pommel fastens the hilt together. SP2

leghlaHchu'be'chugh mIn lo'laHbe' taj jej 
A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye. TKW

'etlh QorghHa'lu'chugh ragh 'etlh nIvqu' 'ej jejHa'choH 
Even the best blade will rust and grow dull unless it is cared for. TKW

nuHmeyraj tIQorgh | watlh 'Iwraj 'e' lu'aghmo' nuHmey jej 
[Kahless spoke to them] about caring for their weapons, for
 they represent the purity of their blood. PB

(KGT 85):  When talking about the quality of a dish, one may say {jej pach} ("The claw is sharp"; that is, the food is pungent) … {jejHa' pach} ("The claw is dull"; in other words, the food is bland, where {jejHa'} [dull] really means something like de-sharpened).

(KGT 126):  To say {jej pach} ("The claw is sharp") is to say that the food is pungent--that is, good. If the food is bland, one may say {jejHa' pach} ("The claw is dull").

naHjej 		thistle (n)
  - (KGT 88):  a thistle (a flower with dangerously sharp leaves)
     is a {naHjej} (literally, "sharp fruit") 
naQjej 		spear [i.e. the general term] (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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