[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tay

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 29 08:31:06 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, August 29, 2022

Klingon word: 	tay
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	ceremony, rite, ritual, honorific tai

tayvam tIQ wIlopchoHjaj 
Let us commence this ancient rite. PB

(KGT 11):  While the conventional phrases used in some rituals are uttered in modern Klingon (such as those used in the Rite of Ascension, a ceremony symbolizing a young Klingon's attainment of a certain spiritual level), those used in a great many others are in a form of {no' Hol} (such as those associated with the {bIreqtal} [brek'tal], the ceremony in which the killer of the leader of a Klingon house marries the widow and thereby becomes the head of the house himself). In these cases, the phrases must be studied and memorized by the participants, then repeated back accurately. Improvising or paraphrasing is entirely inappropriate. Depending on when the phrases for the ritual originated, the words and grammatical constructions may be somewhat like or very different from those of modern Klingon.

(KGT 133):  Younger Klingons, while accepting their heritage and observing the ancient rites, see some aspects of their elders' behavior and beliefs as, if not obsolete, then just old-fashioned.

tay  	tai (n., honorific Klingonaase title). In ascending order:
 	tay 		tai
 	veStay 		vestai
 	Sutay 		sutai
 	Santay 		zantai
 	’Iptay 		epetai

  “There has to be another way out of this! You people have rituals for everything except waste extraction. You must have a ceremony or a secret handshake or something I can do.” (Quark to Worf, DS9 “Looking for Par'Mach In All The Wrong Places”)

tay  		be civilized (v)
taymoH  	civilize (v)
tayqeq  		civilization (n)

chontay 	ritual hunt 
Heghtay 	Death Ritual 
muvtay 		initiation
nentay 		Rite of Ascension
qutluch tay 	Kut'luch Ceremony 
ruStay 		R'uustai, bonding ritual

tay'  		be together, united (v)
lop 		observe, celebrate (a ritual) (v)
SeQ 		be formal, ritualistic, ceremonial (v)
bey' 		a ceremonial display (n)

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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