[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Seng

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Sep 29 06:45:14 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Klingon word: 	Seng
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	trouble

tlhIngan quv DatIchDI' Seng yIghuH 
When you insult a Klingon's honor, prepare for trouble. (TKW)

wIj jup SengmeywIj vIja'laHbe' 
Dear old friend, I cannot speak of my tragedies (PB)

N.B. {wIj jup} is correct:

(KGT 40):  Use of these otherwise bizarre constructions indicates an unusual closeness between the possessor and what is possessed, comparable to the Federation Standard practice of using a derogatory epithet to show affection (as in "John, you [epithet], it's good to see you").  Indeed, this is the best interpretation of a phrase heard among Klingons who are particularly good friends: {wIj jup} ("friend mine").  A translation such as "my very good friend" or "my dear old friend" may come closer to what is intended.  It is not known with certainty why this construction is found predominantly among the higher classes…

Seng  		cause trouble (v)

yol 		conflict (n)
vIq 		combat (n)

qay’ 		be a problem/hassle (v)
bam 		face, have the prospect of having to deal with (v)

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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