[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: mo'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 7 07:09:39 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, March 06, 2022

Klingon word: mo'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: motive (slang), motivation (slang), grounds (slang), reason (slang), rationale (slang)
Source: KGT

jaghpu' mo' wIyajnIS
We must understand the enemies' motive. (KGT)

(KGT 154):  This word literally means cage, suggesting that one's reasons for accomplishing a particular act are somehow restrictive or confining, as if preventing escape into other forms of behavior. The slang meaning is no doubt also influenced by the noun suffix {-mo'} (due to, as in {HeSmo'}, "due to the crime") and verb suffix {-mo'} (because, as in {HIvmo'} "[because he/she attacks]"). The slang term {mo'} is used in sentences such as {jaghpu' mo' wIyajnIS} ("We must understand the enemies' motive"; literally, "We must understand the enemies' cage"). A close standard equivalent is {meq} (reason)--that is, logical thinking.

vaw 		be motivated, ambitious, determined (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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