DaHjaj Hol 110930 – deserve #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.

Let’s end the month with a verb from Marc Okrand’s famous compendium, Klingon for the Galactic Traveler. That verb is qotlh. Lowercase Q, O, TLH. qotlh means deserve or warrant. It can be a very handy word.

batlh qotlh HoDma’
our captain deserves honor

chom vIHoHmo’ HIq vIqotlhbe’
because I killed the bartender, I don’t deserve ale

pung qotlh mIl’oD ‘ach wIHoHnIS
the sabre bear warrants mercy, but we need to kill it

Dap qotlh qoHpu’ ‘ej qoH Darur
fools warrant nonsense, and you resemble a fool

One could find examples of every part of speech to use with this new verb, because really, everything either warrants or deserves something, or it doesn’t. One could take this same idea, and apply it to other verbs too, because at some level can’t everything be or do everything – or not – to everything else? The full range of possibilities and impossibilities alike open up to you, courtesy of language. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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