[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qaw

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Jul 11 08:34:55 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, July 11, 2022

Klingon word: 	qaw
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	memory (the ability)
Source: 	Email from Lieven 2018-02-06

(Lieven < MO, 2/05/2018 re DSC "Will You Take My Hand?"):  We've got {qawHaq} "memory banks". Maltz didn't know what {Haq} in this word was. (He said it has nothing to do with surgery — that's just a coincidence.) But {qaw}, he said, is a perfectly fine noun meaning memory in the sense of the ability to remember or the power of recall. It does not refer to specific memories or recollections. That's a different word: {wov'on}. It's more common to hear {wov'on qaw} "he/she remembers a memory" than {wov'on ghaj} "he/she has a memory", though the colloquial (English) translation of the former would be "he/she has a memory". Someone who remembers a lot of stuff or who can easily remember things (like dates or lines of a play) may be said to have a {qaw pov} "excellent memory." 

Lieven, do you remember what the relevant line was in DISCOVERY?


(KGT 101f.):  When taking a table's order, the {jabwI'} [i.e. food-server at a restaurant] neither writes anything down nor enters data into a computer. It is considered the duty of the {jabwI'} to remember ({qaw}) the choices and to bring the correct food, and servers tend to be quite skilled at this. On the rare occasion when the {jabwI'} has remembered incorrectly ({qawHa'}), the patron may reject ({lajQo'}) the dish. If the patron rejects a dish that the server believes has been properly remembered, however, the misunderstanding could develop into minor combat.

qawHaq  	memory banks,  data banks (n) 
qaw  		remember (v)
qawHa'  	remember incorrectly (v)
qawmoH  	remind (v)

ghov 		recognize (v)
rev 		quote (v)
lIj 		forget (v)

N.B. Do not confuse with {qaw’} "tip over, flip over".

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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