[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ngup

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 6 07:45:01 PST 2023

Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, March 04, 2023

Klingon word: ngup
Part of speech: noun
Definition: authority, power, one in authority or in charge (slang)

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(KGT 157):  Literally meaning cape, this slang term is an example of metonymy, whereby one word (or phrase) stands for another with which it is associated. In this case, the leader of the Klingon High Council typically wears a ceremonial cape. The slang sense of {ngup} does not refer only to this position on the High Council, however, but to anyone in power or even to "the power structure." Someone unsatisfied with the status quo, a rebel, might be said to want to {ngup qaD} (challenge those in charge; literally, "challenge the cape"). Nonslang equivalents of {ngup} are {woQ} (authority, political power) and {qum} (government).

(HQ 12.3:9):  The idea expressed by"'exceed one's authority" might be translated {wogh} "transgress, do more than is acceptable".  {bIwogh}, literally "you transgress" or "you do more than is acceptable", is probably best translated idiomatically as "you go too far." 

ngup'a'  	The Dominion (GN)

tutlh 		be official (v)

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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