[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Qav

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue May 11 08:26:41 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Klingon word: 	Qav
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	be final, be last

'eb Qav jatlhpu' 
He said, "Last call!"  (CK)

veH Qav 'oH logh'e' 
space -- the final frontier  (S99)

(qepHom 2019):  {Qav} means last, final; it does not mean previous or most recent, so when talking about the last qep'a' you shouldn't use {Qav}, unless it's definitely the last one ever.
(KGT 177):  On the other extreme, when {-DIch} is attached to {Hoch} (all), the resulting word, {HochDIch} ("allth") is used as an alternate for {Qav} (be final, last) to refer to the final one of a series whose members either were counted or could have been counted, as in {pIpyuS pach HochDIch DaSoppu'} ("You've eaten the last pipius claw").  The word also may be used to describe the final step of a process.  Speaking of the Rite of Ascension, one might say {'oy'naQ Dachu'Ha'DI' mIw HochDIch Data'} ("When you turn the painstik off, you accomplish the last step").

(HQ 12.2:9):  For the end [of a list (of names or words)], one could say {pong HochDIch} "last name" or {mu' HochDIch} "last word", but one could also use a special term for the end of the list, {natlIS}. 

(Okrand to qurgh, 9/01/2010):  [For] "The Final Reflection" … if reflection, as in image in a mirror is needed, he [Maltz] offered {neSlo' tonSaw' Qav}. 

 (ghunchuwI’, 8/01/2017]:  It's an interpretative translation of the name of a book [by John Ford]: "The Final Reflection".  The reference is to a variant of a Klingon chess-like game [i.e. klinzha] in which the player is simultaneously trying both to capture the goal and to move to avoid letting the goal be captured.

QavwI'  		last one (n) 
 - ghIq QavwI'chaj DuQchu' qeylIS betleH chaHDaq SIStaHvIS negh 'Iw 
   Then Kahless's bat'leth pierced the last of them, showered with the soldiers' blood. (PB)

vorgh 		be previous (v)
veb 		be next (v)
nung 		precede (v)

natlIS 		last item in a list (n)
ghu'lIS 		entry in a list (n)

bertlham  	end (of an opera, play, story, speech, etc.) (n)
'o'megh  	end (of a song) (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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