[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: DuH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 21 07:49:23 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, March 20, 2022

Klingon word: 	DuH
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	possibility, option

Hoch DuH yIqel 
Consider every possibility! 

(KGT 108-10 in re {Hoch nuH qel})" This is an idiom cloaked in the terminology of the military that has a wider application. It is used to mean "Consider every possibility" or "Consider every option," with the word {nuH} (weapon) standing metaphorically for possibility... It is not a set phrase, so it is heard in various forms, such as a command ({Hoch nuH yIqel!}--literally, "Consider every weapon!" but meaning "Consider every possibility!"), question ({Hoch nuH Daqel'a'?} ["Did you consider every weapon?"]), or statement ({Hoch nuH wIqelpu'} ["We've considered every weapon"]), and it can be negated ({Hoch nuH qelbe'} ["He/she does not consider every weapon"]). The regular word for "possibility" is {DuH}, and, grammatically, there is no reason it could not occur instead of {nuH} in these sentences ({Hoch DuH yIqel} ["Consider every possibility!"] is a perfectly well formed sentence), but this is simply not the normal way to express the advice. The use of {nuH} (weapon) for {DuH} (possibility) may have been influenced by the Krotmag dialect pronunciation of {DuH} as something very close to {nuH} ... 

(De'vID < MO, 2/17/2018 in re the "preferences" or "settings" page found in software):  Maltz thought that {SeHlaw} could work if it’s referring to the whole page, not individual settings. An individual option or preference is {DuH}.  A category is {buv} "classification.” 

‘aHDuH 	prototype (n)

DuH  		be possible (v)
  - yIntaHvIS qIrq DuHbe' roj 
    There will be no peace as long as Kirk lives. (ST5 notes)

DIch 		certainty (n)
wIv 		choice (n)
'eb 		opportunity, chance, opening (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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