[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Qoy

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Nov 4 07:48:54 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	Qoy
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	hear, listen to
Source: 	TKD

Let me hear (something).  (TKD)
(TKD 38):  More revealingly, this sentence could be translated "cause me to hear (something)". Note that this sentence would not be used in asking permission to hear; it is a direct command.

I hear you. (KLS)

'IwlIj ghogh yIQoy 
Listen to the voice of your blood. (TKW)
(TKW 31):  The verb {Qoy} means hear, not just listen.  One must actually perceive and understand that which is being said.

jach SuvwI' 'e' yIQoy 
Hear the warrior cry out! (TKW)

Qoy qeylIS puqloD.  Qoy puqbe'pu'. 
Hear! Sons of Kahless.  Hear! Daughters too. (Anthem)

'arlogh wab Qoylu'pu'? 
How many times has someone heard the sound? 
How many times has the sound been heard? [st.k 2/1999]

qen ‘arlogh Qoylu'pu'? 
Recently, how many times has someone heard it?
 (i.e. What time is it?) [st.k 2/1999] 

De'vetlh vIQoy, vaj jIQuch 
I am happy to hear that information. (KGT)

DaH tIQoy / ghaytanHa' QapDI' SuvtaH / Qunpu' Suvpu' 
[Hear now] Of one who fought Against the odds, And even Gods. (PB)

yuQmajDaq may' ghe'naQ[na'] wa'DIch wIQoybogh 'oH 'u'['e'] [sic!] 
{'u'} will be the first authentic battle opera performed on our planet. ('u'-MTK)

qeylIS tIghmey'e' DaH tIQoy / teH tIghmey 'ej bIH bolIjlaHbe' 
Hear now, […] The ways of Kahless, For they are true and unforgettable. (PB)

SaqSubDaq pagh Qoylu' / Qong SuvwI'pu' puqpu' rur Heghrup loSlI' 
In the Saq'sub all is quiet, its warriors asleep, like children waiting for death to come. (PB)

vIHbe’choH latlh SuvwI’pu’ / bey HoS QoymeH / ‘IjmeH QamtaH 
The rest of the warriors stopped, They stood and listened, To hear the mighty howl. (PB)

Daq SumHa'vo' wab Huj Qoylu' / qa' bIQ Dujvo' qab Qoylu' 
Strange sounds come from afar, It is the barge of the Dead" (PB)

naDev Sughompu' / Suto'vo'qor wIghoSmeH ngoQmaj'e' / DaH tIQoy 
Hear now, All of you here, Why we go to Sto-vo-kor (PB)

lutvam bejlu'taHvIS, tlhIngan Hol mu'tlheghmey chu'qu' vIchenmoHbogh luQoylu'. 
It’s [ST3] the film for which I devised Klingon… (ASM)

the clock is ticking (idiom) (qepHom 2017 < DSC)
(Lieven, 11/20/2017):  used in a situation when one is working towards a deadline, for instance. 

yuQDaq Dat rISbogh wabvam Qoylu' 
The signature sound of the planet, heard everywhere on the surface. (DSC/LLsub "Si Vis Pacem…")

(SuStel, [date?]):  I tend to believe that Okrand uses {Qoy} when using an object, and {'Ij} if he's not. That's why he uses {'IwlIj ghogh yIQoy} for "Listen to the voice of your blood." His reasoning about the difference between hear and listen seems a little backwards, though.

'Ij 		listen (v)

I listen. (KLS)

DIvI' Se' wI'IjtaHvIS DaH ngoqDe' wIHevta' 
We've just received an encoded message on the Federation frequency. (ST5 notes)

vIHbe’choH latlh SuvwI’pu’ / bey HoS QoymeH / ‘IjmeH QamtaH 
The rest of the warriors stopped, They stood and listened, To hear the mighty howl. (PB)

jIH 		monitor (v)
Daq 		eavesdrop (v)

teS 		(inner) ear (n)
qogh 		(outer) ear (n)
  -  (HolQeD 2.4):  {qogh} "ear", of course is homophonous with {qogh}, "belt" ... This homophony explains why the Klingon slang expression {qogh tuQmoHHa'}, literally "take off one's belt" is used to mean to not hear, for example, {qogh vItuQmoHHa'pu'} "I've taken off my belt; your secret is safe with me". 

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last 
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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