DaHjaj Hol 110803 – intensely #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 bit of chuvmey is a rather special adverbial. It’s jay’. J, A, Y, Apostrophe. jay’ means intensely. And unlike most of the others we’ve examined, it only occurs at the end of a sentence. But wait, there’s more. jay’ doesn’t just intensify, it turns the entire sentence into an invective! In the following samples, I’ll substitute the word “bleep” for the translated invective.

HoD wIHoH jay’
we killed the #$%*& captain!

be’nalwI’ HIq vItlhutlh jay’
I drank your wife’s #$%*& ale!

DeSwIj Sop mughato’vam jay’
that mugato ate my #$%*& arm!

You are able to use this word in any sentence you please, and for a time you may actually do so. You see this sort of thing happen when children learn a “naughty” word. In time though, you’ll use it more sparingly and thus more effectively. It will become yet another tool for opening new worlds with language. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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