DaHjaj Hol 110309 – now #tlhIngan #tlh

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Hello, and welcome. You’re listening to DaHjaj Hol, your daily dose of Klingon language. I’m your host, Lawrence Schoen.

Many years ago, a group of language warriors had come together to wage curse warfare. Afterwards, they gathered for dinner. Some spoke Klingon, others a mix of Klingon and English. Stories were shared, lies were told, jokes were invented, and everyone was enjoying themselves immensely. At one point during the meal, a famous starship captain rudely bellowed for someone to pass him the salt. From the other end of the table his father rose, glared at his adult son, and in the tone of voice one uses to instruct small children inquired, “What do you say?”

All the warriors fell silent. The tension at the table was so thick you would have needed a betleH to slice it. The son stood, with all the dignity and fury that he had amassed in his many years of service to the Empire and met his father’s gaze. Then, in a blur of motion, he pounded his fist onto the table and shouted, “DaH

Dr. Marc Okrand, in his most excellent book The Klingon Dictionary will tell you that DaH – Capital D, A, Capital H – means now. But the members of the Klingon Language Institute who were at dinner ever after always considered the word to have an extra acquired meaning. For them, it was the closest thing Klingon had for saying please.

DaH juja’
Now you will tell us

DaH choHoHbe’chugh tIqlIj vISop
if you don’t kill me now, I will eat your heart

DaH Quchqa’ banglI’
now your beloved is happy again

Don’t dismiss today’s little story too quickly. Language comes in many forms, some more obvious than others. The one thing they all have in common is they all open worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by
The Klingon Way,
by Marc Okrand.


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