DaHjaj Hol 110620 – be honored #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’s verb is a critical piece of Klingon vocabulary. It’s quv. Lowercase Q, U, V. quv means honor, or be honored, which means you can use it as an action verb, that is, you can honor someone or you can use it as a stative verb, describing someone as possessing the quality of being honored. Let’s cover both possibilities with some examples:

chovuvmo’ jIquv
because you respect me, I am honored

qaquvmeH qaHoHnIS
in order for me to honor you, I need to kill you

bIquvpa’ HoDwI’ DaHubta’
before you were honored, you defended my captain

chom wIquvbe’chugh tugh ma’ojchoH
if we do not honor the bartender, we will soon grow thirsty

You don’t have to be a Klingon to have honor, but if you have no honor you cannot be Klingon. This applies as much to the language as to any other aspect of the Klingon Way. Ask yourself how a language warrior may best be honored, and in the answer you will find the means to open worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by the 18th annual summer conference of the Klingon Language Institute (aka the qep’a’ wa’maH chorghDIch) which runs from Sunday morning on August 14th through late evening Tuesday, August 16th. The following day, Wednesday, August 17th, is the official beginning of the 69th annual World Science Fiction Convention, conveniently taking place right there in Reno, Nevada!

Back to the qep’a’: This year, we’ll be splitting the conference into two parts:

Part One will be the usual blend of fellowship, curse warfare, singing, story-telling, and assorted language challenges as we’ve enjoyed for the past seventeen years, and will run from Sunday through Monday. We’ll begin in a meeting room at the Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport Hotel for Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday morning we’ll move to larger function space over at Reno’s convention center (courtesy of Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention).

Part Two will begin at noon on Tuesday, and consist of various introductory lessons and explanations intended for newbies, beginners, and visitors dressed in Federation pajamas (or other noncombatants). Klingon grammarians will be on hand to help newcomers (not to be confused with linguistic “fresh meat!”) learn the basics of Klingon and use it to chat, sing, play games, and insult one another.

Full details can be found at http://www.speakklingon.info/

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One Response to “DaHjaj Hol 110620 – be honored #tlhIngan #tlh”

quv means honor (n) or be honored (v), you can’t use it to say I honor you, you can only use it to say I cause you to be honoured (qaquvmoH). qaquv would mean I am honoured you.

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