DaHjaj Hol 110310 – cause #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.

You’ve picked a great day to be here, because today we’re going to examine a particularly powerful verb suffix. It’s so powerful that it’s the only one in its group. I refer of course to the Type 4 verb suffix –moH. M, O, Capital H. –moH means cause

I should mention that this suffix is the source of some fairly abstract grammatical arguments among Klingon cognoscenti, but we’re going to avoid that side of things by limiting our use of it, at least for now, to what we can think of as “stative verbs,” which is to say, verbs that describe a state of being, as opposed to verbs of action. –moH takes such a verb and changes it into a verb that causes that state.

As with most things in Klingon, you’ll understand it better with a few examples:

banglI’ vISeymoH
I excite your beloved
(literally, I cause your beloved to be excited)

megh ‘upmoH jabwI’
the waiter makes lunch unsavory

ghaytan ‘IwlIj bIrchoHmoH romuluSngan
likely the Romulan makes your blood grow cold

One might, you know, use this as an opportunity to review all the stative verbs we’ve discussed over the past couple months. In fact, I can’t think of a better time to do so. Try each one out in a simple sentence, and then twist that sentence by adding –moH to the verb. I bet you’ll find yourself opening all sorts of worlds with this particular bit of language. Hardly surprising though, because I’ve been throwing this suffix at you at the end of every podcast since we began. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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