[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: rab

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Mar 7 12:02:47 PST 2023

mu'tlheghmey jubonpu'mo' qatlho'.  muQaghHa'moHpu'mo' qatlho' je.

Speaking about Lewis Carroll, has anyone written a Klingon "Jabberwocky" lately?  I vaguely remember it being discussed back in the early 1990's (when I joined this list).  We do have far more words nowadays.  And WRT to "Jabberwocky" this seems apt:

   Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter’s remark seemed to her 
   to have no sort of meaning to it, and yet it was certainly English.
   "I don't quite understand you," she said, as politely as she could.
             -- [Alice at the Mad Tea Party, Adventures in Wonderland]


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From: tlhIngan-Hol On Behalf Of Lieven L. Litaer via tlhIngan-Hol

Am 07.03.2023 um 17:15 schrieb Steven Boozer via tlhIngan-Hol:
> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, March 07, 2023
> Klingon word: 	rab
> Part of speech: 	verb
> Definition: 		be gigantic, huge, humongous
> Source: 		QelIS boqHarmey [Klingon Alice]

In the appendix of the book, Okrand wrote:

"To talk about incredibly, unusually large things, I suspect the word you’re looking for is {rab} “gigantic, huge, humongous”.  (p. 254)

> AFAIK never used in a sentence.
> Lieven, how is it used in QelIS boqHarmey?

An enormous puppy was looking down at her with large round eyes, 
{pa’ ghaH chotlhbogh targh ghu tu’; rab ’oH. tInqu’ mInDu’Daj rutlh.}

then Alice dodged behind a great thistle, to keep herself from being run over; 
{ghIq ghaH qaw’moH targhHom ’e’ botmeH QelIS, naHjej rab ’emDaq So’.}

>    ’When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said [...]
>    -- [Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]

I did not translate those lines, as they appear in the sequel to AiW, which is "Through the Looking-Glass". (That's a different book)

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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