[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: rap

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Oct 5 07:17:35 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	rap
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	be the same
Source: 	TKD

lenglIj lutebjaj lengwIjvaD bel rap, Sov [rap, ngoQ rap je] Danobpu'bogh
May your journey be filled with the same joy, wisdom, and purpose you have given mine. (Frasier)

ghun 'Iw HIq, rap boqrat chej 
the bokrat liver is as warm as the bloodwine. (HQ 13.1)

 'ey ro'qegh'Iwchab, rap qagh 
the gagh is as delicious as the rokeg blood pie (HQ 13.1)

vaj ruS cher 'Iw rap cha’ ghot HoS rap cha' ghot vuD chen yIn ruS 
So the bond was sealed in blood of two equal in body and thought, the bond of life. (PB)

(HQ 13.1:8-9):  Using {nIb} carries a connotation of preciseness… Thus, it might be used when referring to something that can be measured, such as weight, but it is not likely to be used with less quantifiable qualities where the assertion of sameness is more a judgment… It is never improper to use rap even in cases where the quality is measurable. … Again, {nIb} implies precision… and is not likely to be used unless the quality being discussed is quantifiable or measurable. rap, on the other hand, may be used regardless of whether the quality is quantifiable.

(KGT 5, “The Fiction of Klingon Conformity”):  All Klingons are not alike. To an outsider, Klingon society is often regarded as rather homogeneous, as if all Klingons behave and think in the same way. In fact, although there are a good many shared basic beliefs and understandings that hold Klingon society together and define what it means to be a Klingon, there is a great deal of variation. Thus, despite the veneration shown to warriors, not everyone is a warrior.

nIb 		be identical (v)
rur 		resemble (v)

pIm 		be different (v)
Sar 		be varied, various (v)
ngang 		vary, be varying (v)
Dop 		be opposite, antithetical, contradictory (v)

mughmeH mu'mey noy:
   "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." (George Orwell's "Animal Farm")

   “All men may have been created equal; most certainly they are not all alike.” (Theodosius Dobzhansky)

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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