[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghIH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon May 10 07:44:43 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, May 09, 2021

Klingon word: ghIH
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be messy, be sloppy

You are sloppy. {KLS)

They're sloppy. (CK)

Ha'DIbaH ghIH tIr ngogh je 
burger (TNK)

Mentioned in CK in the section on expressing opinions of Klingon sites. 

(KGT 30):  while the verb {ghIH} means "be messy, sloppy" in {ta' Hol} and in most dialects, in the towns near Ruk'evet (ruq'e'vet), {ghIH} means "be careless".  The more widespread word for "be careless" is {yepHa'}, and this word is used in addition to {ghIH} in the Ruk'evet area.  To say "be messy, sloppy", the Ruk'evet inhabitants say {Soy'}, a verb meaning "be clumsy" elsewhere.  The Ruk'evet word for "be clumsy" is {jat}, which is phonetically identical to the noun meaning "tongue". 

(KGT 138):  the characteristic patterns of younger people's speech, if noticed and commented upon, are more likely to be judged sloppy or careless rather than wrong.

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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