DaHjaj Hol 111027 ready (for devices) #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.

Our suffix today is –beH. B, E, Capital H. –beH is the last of our Type 2 verb suffixes, and it indicates that the subject of the verb is ready to perform the action or state of the verb. In that sense, it is just like another Type 2 verb suffix, –rup, except that we only use –beH when the subject is a device, as you’ll see by these examples:

novpu’ SuvbeH nISwI’wIj
my dirsuptor is ready to fight aliens

jaghpu’ma’ HoHbeH nuHmey
the weapons are ready to kill our enemies

lo’beH wojwI’ ’ach nargh qama’
the sterilizer is ready to use, but the prisoner has escaped


Try to resist the urge to come up with devices that you can describe as being ready. We haven’t had that many, but of course you can add the -wI’ suffix to a verb to make it mean thing which does X, as I did in one of your sample sentences. Once you start doing that though, there’s no telling when you’ll stop! Of course… that’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it? qo’mey poSmoH Hol

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