[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nav HablI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Oct 27 07:14:32 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Klingon word: 	nav HablI'
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	FAX machine
Source: 	HQ (5:2 p20)

(Mark Mandel, HQ 5.2;20, June 1996):  After we (Dragon Systems) recorded the "native speakers" to make the acoustic models to build the speech recognition for the Language Lab on the Klingon CD-ROM, I got the idea of sending each speaker a formal thank-you letter. I translated our company letterhead into Klingon and, using the KLIpIqaD font, scissors, tape, and a color copier, made a bunch of Dragon Systems stationery with Klingon in {pIqaD} at the top and transliterated Klingon and English in small type at the bottom. But since this was associated with an official Klingon product, I wanted to be sure my Klingon was correct. I had been working with Marc Okrand by phone and e-mail during the project, and so I sent him the text of my transliterated Klingon letterhead, asking especially about my word for fax, which at the time was a compound word with no space. He wrote back, approximately, that he liked the idea, but he would prefer to express it as a two-word phrase, {nav HablI'}; and he also suggested the corresponding {ghogh HablI'} for telephone. […] 
    Since my office is in a different building from the company reception desk I prefer to give people the number of the fax machine closest to my desk. I put both numbers on the letterhead, labeling them in English "Klingon fax" and "general fax".  Dr. Okrand suggested {le'be'} for "general", and so of course that's what I used. [...]  As for {Hoch} for general - that works, if you consider {Hoch} to mean everyone (so the front desk fax is the "everyone fax"). The only problem there is that it could be misinterpreted as all (the) fax machines,’ since a plural suffix on nouns is never required. Perhaps an alternative is to use {le'be'} "unexceptional", which might also be translated "nonspecific" or the like ({nav HablI' le'be'}).

HablI'  			data transceiving device (n)
teS HablI’ 		[ear receiver] (n)
'evnagh Se' HablI' 	subspace radio (n)
ghogh HablI'		telephone (n)
  -- ghogh HablI' mI' yIper 	
      What is the telephone number? (TNK)

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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