[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nem

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Jun 23 07:34:49 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	nem
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	years from now

AFAIK never used in canon.

ben 		years ago (n)

cha'vatlh ben HIq vItlhutlh 
I will drink Two Century Old Ale. (PK)

vagh SanID ben buDbe' wamwI'pu'. 
5,000 years ago, hunters were not lazy. (st.k 11/1999)

cha' vatlh ben 
200 years ago (HQ 8.3:3)

nen rav: chorgh ben 
AGES 8 to Adult (MKE)

'op ben pa' Dab ngan 'ej chep 
It was alive and prosperous once. (PB)

wa’maH ben loDnI’wI’ 
My 10-year-old brother (Lieven < MO, qepHom’a’ 2016)

(st.k 12/12/1996):  The word {ben} can be used to mean "years old", but in Klingon, one doesn't say "I am X years old". The phrase {loSmaH ben jIH}, if anything, would mean "40-year-old me" or the like. It would parallel {cha'vatlh ben HIq} "Two Century Old Wine".  "I am 40 years old" would be expressed as: {loSmaH ben jIboghpu'}. This is "I was born 40 years ago."  As is normal in Klingon sentences, the time element (in this case, {loSmaH ben} "40 years ago") comes first.

(IMO, HQ 8.3:3):  With longer time periods, such as a century (vatlh DIS poH), millennium (SaD DIS poH), or a period of 10,000 years (myriad, perhaps) (netlh DIS poH), the words {ret} or {pIq} may be used in place of {poH}, e.g., {cha' vatlh DIS poH} "two centuries", but {cha' vatlh DIS ret} "two centuries ago".  The phrase {cha' vatlh ben} would mean "200 years ago". The choice of construction depends on what is being emphasized: in this case, the total number of centuries (two) or the total number of years (200).

pIq 		period of time from now (n)
ret 		period of time ago (n)
DIS 		year (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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