[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Hon

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 15 07:45:01 PST 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, November 14, 2021

Klingon word: Hon
Part of speech: verb
Definition: doubt

tlhIngan Hol Dajatlh 'e' vIHon 
I doubt that you speak Klingon." (st.k 7/01/1997)

(KGT 157):  The slang word [{na'}], a verb, is used in such constructions as {jIna'} ("I am positive [about something I just said]"; literally, "I am salty"] and {bIna''a'} ("Are you sure?"; literally, "Are you salty?"). These kinds of meanings may be expressed without using slang by employing such verbs as {Honbe'} (not doubt) or {Sovbej} (know for certain). See also {bej}, a slang term with similar meaning.

(KGT 145):  The notions expressed by {bej} [i.e. "be sure, definite, positive, certain"] can be conveyed without slang with a word such as {Honbe'} (not doubt) or by making use of the verb suffix {-bej}, as in {HIvrupbej} (They're certainly ready to attack).

(KGT 30-31):  throughout the Empire, a soup whose main component is *igvah* liver has a special name, {ghaw'}. This word is avoided in the Vospeg region, however, because there, the word {ghaw'} is a slang term meaning something like "one who is full of self-doubt or who is insecure" and is a word used only as an insult. To refer to the soup, one simply says {'IghvaH chej chatlh} (literally, "*igvah* liver soup"). In most of the Empire, to say to someone {ghaw' SoH} means only "You are *igvah* liver soup", an odd thing to say, but more incongruous than anything else. In the Vospeg region, on the other hand, to call someone a {ghaw'} is often the prelude to a fight to the death.

Qub 		think (v)
SIv 		wonder (v)
Sov 		know (v)
tlhoj 		realize (v)
yaj 		understand (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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