[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Soj

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Apr 22 07:44:03 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	Soj
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	food
Source: 	HQ (12:3 p9)

{Soj} "food" comes from TKD, but the HolQeD citation refers to the idiomatic use {Soj}:

(HQ 12.3:9):  All this talk of pseudohonor and nonhonor logically led to a discussion of honor itself, normally expressed by the nouns {quv} and {batlh}, both usually defined as simply honor. When asked to distinguish between the two, Maltz said, "{tlhIngan Soj 'oH-–not bIyaj}," literally, "It is Klingon food—you will not understand," using {Soj} "food" in its idiomatic sense of "matter, concern, affair".

(Alice p.239):  The idiomatic meaning of the verb {Soj} can also be used to express the idea of “mind your own business.” In these sentences, it means concern, that is, something of interest or importance to someone.

Soj			food (n)
leng Soj 		voyage food [i.e. "fast food"] (n)
Soj tlhol  		raw, unprocessed food (n) (KGT 84)
Soj vutlu'pu'bogh  	[processed/already prepared food] (n) (KGT 84)
Soj chuv  		leftover food (n)
Soj choHwI'  		[food] replicator (n) 
Soj naQmey  		chopsticks (n) 
Soj pargh  		[field?] rations (n) (DSC)
Soj polmeH pa'  	food storage [locker/compartment] (n) [KGT 84]
Soj qub  		haute cuisine, "rare/uncommon food"  (n)
Soj tetlh  		grocery list (n)

wanI' 		phenomenon, event, occurrence (n)
ghu' 		situation (n)
Dotlh 		status (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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