DaHjaj Hol 111020 seemingly #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.

Time for us to visit the fourth and final verb suffix of quality. I’m talking about theType Six verb suffix law’. L, A, W, Apostrophe. Adding law’ to your verb indicates that the action seemingly or apparently occurs. It’s a great way to express skepticism or doubt without coming right out and saying so, as you’ll see in these examples:

yoHlaw’ HoDma’
our captain seems to be brave

mughato’wIjmo’ chovuvlaw’
because of my mugato, you apparently don’t respect me

reH Qaplaw’taH vavlI’
your father is always seemingly winning

tugh nuHIvlaw’ romuluSnganpu’ ’ach nutojlaH
the Romulans will apparently attack us soon, but they could trick us


Things are not always as they seem to be. Then again, sometimes they are. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “This is apparenlty a very enjoyable play,” and we all know how that turned out. Being able to qualify or elaborate on the quality of a verb provides an additional layer of subtley and precision to your use of the language. You understand that’s a good thing, right? qo’mey poSmoH Hol

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