[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: vuv

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Feb 28 07:07:25 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, February 26, 2022

Klingon word: 	vuv
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	respect

You respect me. (KLS)

vuv be' 'e' baj 
earn that a woman respect him 
(ie. win the favor of a women) (KGT  69)

qoH vuvbe' SuS 
The wind does not respect a fool. (TKW)

ghaH vuv SuS neH 
he/she wants the wind to respect him/her (KGT)

muvuvpu' SuS vIneH 
I wanted the wind to respect me (KGT)

Duvuv SuS DaneH'a'? 
Do you want the wind to respect you? (KGT)

nughraj Dun lurDechmeyraj Dun je DIvuvta' 'e' lutul HaDwI'pu' 'ej vItul jIH. 
The editors and I hope to have respected your rich culture and tradition (Vincent Van Gerven Oei's speech at qepHom wa'maHDIch)

jIDoghqu' vIghIjlu'mo' 'ej bortaS vIneHmo' jIleghlaHbe' 'ach chovuvtaH 
What a fool I have been, blinded by fear and spite, and still you find me worthy. (PB)

quv vuv nuv pagh ghajbogh neH 
Honor is for those with nothing to lose! (PB)

yIvuv, tIquvma. pagh SoH.  yejvamvaD jeSmeH DIb Dabajbe'pu'. 
Show respect, T'Kuvma. You are nothing. You have not earned a seat at this council. (DSC/Qov "Battle At the Binary Stars")

(KGT 69):  Though any perceived attack on one's honor may prompt one to issue a challenge, in one traditional form of duel, the goal is specifically for a man to "win the favor of a women" ({vuv be' 'e' baj} [literally, "earn that a woman respect him"]) by competing with another man.

(KGT 122):  The idiomatic expression {ghaH vuv SuS neH} ("he/she wants the wind to respect him/her") comes from the same story; it is used to mean "He/she is foolish" or "He/she is a fool".  For example, one might answer the question {qatlh betleHDaj tlhapbe'?} ("Why doesn't he take his bat'leth?") by saying {ghaH vuv SuS neH} ("He wants the wind to respect him" -- that is, "He's a fool". The expression can be modified to apply to different persons or situations: {muvuvpu' SuS vIneH} ("I wanted the wind to respect me" -- in other words, "I acted like a fool");  {bImaw''a'? Duvuv SuS DaneH'a'?} ("Are you crazy? Do you want the wind to respect you?" -- that is, "What's with you? Are you an idiot?").

(KGT 133):  Klingons revere their ancestors, respect their elders, and have unparalleled veneration for heritage.

"Respect is earned, not bestowed." (Troi, TNG "The Icarus Factor")

Ho' 		admire (v)
quvmoH 	honor (v)
quvHa'moH 	dishonor (v)
naD 		commend, praise (v)
yI' 		speak in an honorable/respectful fashion (v)
tIch 		insult (v)

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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