DaHjaj Hol 110613 – succeed #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.

Today I’d like to introduce you to perhaps the most misunderstood verb in Klingon, Qap. Capital Q, A, P. Qap means work, or function, or succeed, or win. Don’t confuse this verb with the noun Qapla’, meaning success. These examples should help:

jIQapmeH qaHoHnIS
in order for me to succeed, I need to kill you

bIHeghchoH jIQap
if you die, I win

Qapbe’mo’ nuHwIj wInarghlaHbe’
because my weapon didn’t function, we couldn’t escape

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3 comments “DaHjaj Hol 110613 – succeed #tlhIngan #tlh”

An interesting aspect of this word is that it can be used transitively to mean something like the English word “win”:

noH QapmeH wo’ Qaw’lu’chugh yay chavbe’lu’ ‘ej wo’ choqmeH may’ DoHlu’chugh lujbe’lu’.
If one destroys an empire in order to win a war one does not achieve victory and if one backs away from a battle in order to save an empire one does not lose.

Also, regarding bIHeghchoH, I think the -choH may be redundant (although not wrong), since Hegh already means “to die”, rather than “to be dead” (in other words, it’s the opposite of bogh rather than the opposite of yIn).

Actually, in the example you cite, I would contend that Qap is not being used transitively, at least not as we normally think of that term as it applies to the main verb in a sentence. Rather it is part of a -meH clause, which is something different. The main verb in that sentence (which is transitive) is Qaw’.

Ah, okay. I’m not sure I understand the disctinction, but I think what I meant to say is that Qap can take an object, which is not obvious from the definition alone.

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