[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qoH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Nov 24 07:34:25 PST 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Klingon word: 	qoH
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	fool

Hagh qoHpu' neH HeghtaHvIS SuvwI'pu' 
Only fools laugh while warriors die.  PK

not qoHpu''e' neH ghIjlu' 
Only fools have no fear.  TKW

meQtaHbogh qachDaq Suv qoH neH 
Only a fool fights in a burning house.  TKW

HIvbe' qoHpu' neH 
Only fools don't attack.  TKW

Hegh neH chav qoH 
A fool's only achievement is death.  TKW

qanchoHpa' qoH, Hegh qoH 
Fools die young.  TKW

qoH vuvbe' SuS 
The wind does not respect a fool.  KGT
(KGT 122):  The idiomatic expression {ghaH vuv SuS neH} ("he/she wants the wind to respect him/her") comes from the same story; it is used to mean "He/she is foolish" or "He/she is a fool".  For example, one might answer the question {qatlh betleHDaj tlhapbe'?} ("Why doesn't he take his bat'leth?") by saying {ghaH vuv SuS neH} ("He wants the wind to respect him"--that is, "He's a fool."  The expression can be modified to apply to different persons or situations:  {muvuvpu' SuS vIneH} ("I wanted the wind to respect me"--in other words, "I acted like a fool");  {bImaw''a'?  Duvuv SuS DaneH'a'?} ("Are you crazy? Do you want the wind to respect you?"--that is, "What's with you? Are you an idiot?"). 
(qepHom 2019 booklet p.18):   Unless one is playing word games, the verb {qID} doesn’t take an object. It’s normally used along with {jatlh} "say" as in: 
	qID. jatlh:  qoH SoH. 
	(He/she jokes. He/she says: “You are a fool.”)
or the other way around: 
	jatlh:  qoH SoH.  qID. 
	("You are a fool."  He/she is joking.)
Both of these could be translated something like: "He/She jokes that you are a fool.” 

"Obviously you do not know the difference between courage and foolhardiness."  (Kor, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

"{qoH!}"  I was not happy. "You did not engage the cloaking device fast enough. They have detected us." (Gowron, KCD novelization p.101)

"She's not dwelling in the past, like this {qoH}." (SAREK [novel])

Dogh 		be foolish, silly (v)
tlhaQ 		be funny (v)
jIv  		be ignorant (v)
QIp 		be stupid (v)

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." (Mark Twain)

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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