[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: bertlham taymey

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jan 31 07:36:10 PST 2023

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Klingon word: 	bertlham taymey
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	epilogue
Source: 	qepHom 2020

(qepHom 2020):   Prologue is {bI'reS taymey} and epilogue is {bertlham taymey}. But it's really more complicated. 
    {taymey} is a section of a book or play or the like that's separate from the main portion of the work. It's seldom used without {bI'reS} ("beginning") or {bertlham} ("end") unless everyone already knows what the discussion is about (so, for example, you could say {bI'reS taymey} once and then, after that in the same discussion about the same thing, you don't have to include {bI'reS} each time). Despite its description, {taymey} is not used for the appendix of a work. A {taymey} contextualizes the main work; an appendix [see {HommaH}] is considered supplemental. 
    Maltz thought that this word was a remnant of the way stories used to be told orally, since they'd begin and end with some sort of ritual ({tay}), the details of which are lost. Even though {taymey} ends with the {-mey} "plural" suffix, {taymey} is a frozen form and is considered singular. It's okay to say {taymeymey} should the need arise.

(Lieven, 11/11/2021):   {taymey} is part of a book that is not part of the main contents. You could probable even read and understand the story without looking at the {taymey}. You might see it as a "frame", or as "additional information". In most cases, the {taymey} are shorter than the book itself. Look at this page of contents:
      bI'reS taymey       	<-- introduction telling you to read the book
          chapter 1              	<-- story begins here
          chapter 2
          chapter 3
          chapter 4              	<-- story ends here
      bertlham taymey  	<-- final word outside the story 
      HommaH                 	<-- appendix with additional information, like a glossary

bI'reS  			beginning (of an opera, play, story, speech, etc.) (n),
bI’reS ‘echlet  		front cover (of book) (n)

bertlham  		end (of an opera, play, story, speech, etc.) (n)
bertlham ‘echlet  	back cover (of book) (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from recent qep’a’mey 
    or qepHommey. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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