[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'argh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Mar 30 07:42:35 PDT 2023

Klingon word: 	'argh
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	worsen
Source: 	TKD:K-E

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

PUN:  arggh!! (exclamation)

'arghHa'  	[get better,  improve?] (v)
  -- lIr'el, Du'arghHa'moH mIvwa'. 
      The scar is an improvement, L'Rell. (DSC "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")

qab 		be bad (v)
notlh 		be obsolete (v)
Sab 		decline, deteriorate (v)

QaQ 		be good (v)
qaq 		be better, prefereable (v)
Dub 		improve (v)
  -- SuvwI' vI' Dub naQvam 'ej ray' HopDaq bachlu'meH chuqna'
        ghurmoH naQvam 
     This serves to steady the aim of a warrior and increase the
        effective range for distance targeting.  (S14)
  -- DuraS tuq tlhIngan yejquv patlh luDub 'e' reH lunIDtaH DuraS
        be'nI'pu' lurSa' be'etor je. 
     The sisters of the House of Duras, Lursa and B'Etor, are 
        constantly seeking a higher standing for the House of Duras
        within the Klingon High Council. (S26)

So what's the difference between {Dub} and {'arghHa'} ?

(st.klingon 10/20/1998):  The verb {rach} has been translated variously as invigorate,  fortify, and strengthen…  When used in reference to a person, the verb {rach} suggests an improvement in health; when used in reference to an inanimate object, say, a mechanical device or the hull of a ship, {rach} also implies improvement or betterment.  {rach} is to be distinguished from {tI'} "repair" in two ways:
  (1) {tI'} is generally not applied to living beings;
  (2) {tI'} suggests restoration to a previous state, not necessarily improvement.  {rach} is also to be distinguished from {Dub} "improve", which seems to be used primarily when what is being enhanced is of a more abstract nature (as when one improves or increases one's status, skill, understanding, etc.).

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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