[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Qochbe'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Apr 5 09:36:46 PDT 2022

Klingon word:   Qochbe'
Part of speech: verb
Definition:  	agree
Source: 	TKD

Qochbe' vaj qel nachDaj 
He/she nods in agreement. 
("he/she agrees so his/her head nods") (qepHom 2020)

Qochbe' 'e' ghaSmeH qel nachDaj 
He/she nods in agreement. 
("his/her head nods in order to indicate that he/she agrees")  (qepHom 2020)

Qochbe' 'e' ghaSmeH qel ghaH 
He/she nods in agreement. 
("he/she nods in order to indicate that he/she agrees") (qepHom 2020)

(MO, st.k 11/1997):  Both {Qochbe'nIS} "he/she/they need to not disagree" (that is, "he/she/they need to agree") and {QochnISbe'} "he/she/they do not need to disagree" are acceptable Klingon formations. The fact that the Dictionary lists {Qochbe'} "agree" (that is, literally, "not disagree") does not mean that no suffix may precede the {-be'}.  It's in there so that someone can easily look up how to say agree.

(MO, st.k, 3/02/1998):  Which brings us to {Qochbe'} and {QochHa'}.  Both consist of the verb {Qoch} "disagree" plus a negative suffix. …  {Qochbe'} implies an absence of disagreeing (hence agree);  {QochHa'} implies that any disagreeing was misplaced or misconstrued or perhaps has been "undone."  English lacks a simple way to say this.

(KGT 159):  The slang term [qang] may be found in such sentences as {jIHDaq Daqang} (You always agree with me, you always cooperate with me; literally, 'You pour [something] into me').  To say that someone pours (always agrees) is somewhat derogatory, implying that the agreeing or cooperating may be for ulterior motives.  Nonslang equivalents of {qang}, though lacking the negative connotation, are {reH Qochbe'} (always agree), {reH yeq} (always cooperate), and {reH jIj} (always be cooperative).

(KGT 105f.):  the Klingon phrase {wa' DoS wIqIp} (We hit one target) or the shorter {DoS wIqIp} (We hit a target) is frequently heard in conversations that have nothing to do with shooting, targets, or even weaponry.  It is a way of saying "We agree." 

(KGT 172):  Agreeing is not a trait typically associated with Klingon nature, however, and apparently, at least under certain circumstances, this may extend to grammar as well.

ghIb 		consent (v)
chaw' 		allow, permit (v)
ma' 		accommodate (v)
HeQ 		comply (v)
laj 		accept (v)

rom		accord (n) (use for an agreement?)

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