[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghu'lIS

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Mar 29 07:46:05 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	ghu'lIS
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	item in a list
Source: 	Email from De'vID

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(De'vID < MO, 2/17/2018):  For purposes of boQwI’ [i.e. De'vID's computer program], "definition" would be {jIyweS} "translation, gloss".  It’s not a definition like in an English-only (or any-language-only) dictionary (that explains/describes a word’s meaning); it’s a quick tag to give you an idea of what the word means.  For "entry", Maltz suggests {ghu’lIS} "item in a list".

(De'vID, 2/10/2018):  "Be sorted" is {patlh}, which also means "have a rank of".  So sort is {patlhmoH}, also meaning rank.  The object of {patlhmoH} is not a list (as a whole) but the things in the list, the things to be ranked or sorted.  {Sal} and {ghIr} cannot be used for sort order.  To sort [{patlhmoH}] a list of English words alphabetically (or reverse alphabetically), use constructions like {wa’DIch a}, {HochDIch z} or {wa’DIch z}, {HochDIch a}.  For a list of Klingon words, it would be {wa’DIch bay, HochDIch qaghwI’, wa’DIch qaghwI’, HochDIch bay}.  You’d use similar constructions to sort by date or whatever. I’m assuming that, for your purposes, you wouldn’t sort by anything other than something that can be put in a specific order – that is, not sorting by color, for example... And to the question of whether *{yoymoH} could be used for reversing a list, he replied: "No. Use {DopmoH} "cause to be opposite." 

(qep’a’ 2015):  When asked about navigating lists or events, [Maltz] gave us {vorgh} "be previous" (opposite of {veb} "be next").  Can also use {nungbogh} ({nung} "precede")… 

natlIS 		last item in a list (n)

(HQ 12.2:9):  for the beginning of a list (of names or words, for example, whether spoken out loud or written on a scroll), one would say simply {pong wa'DIch} "first name" or {mu' wa'DIch} "first word".  For the end, one could say {pong HochDIch} "last name" or {mu' HochDIch} "last word", but one could also use a special term for the end of the list, {natlIS}.

PUN:  last but "not least"

tetlh 		list (n)
Qumran 	scroll (n)
HIDjolev 	menu (n)
mem 		catalog (n)

Qav 		be final, last (v)
tlha' 		chase,  follow (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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