DaHjaj Hol 111107 crazy #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 verb today is maw’. M, A, W, Apostrophe. maw’ means be crazy. You do not have to be a licensed psychologist to use this word. In fact, I suspect you’ll find many opportunities to work it into ordinary conversation, as the following examples illustrate:

chay’ bImaw’choH
how did you become so crazy?

bImaw’nIS ’ach qay’be’
you don’t need to be crazy, but it’s not a problem

maw’chugh HoD manarghlaH’a’
if the captain is crazy, can we escape?

wej maH romuluSnganpu’ SuvmeH mughato’ luH lo’lI’ chom maw’ ’ej QaplI’qu’
a crazy bartender is using a mugato’s intestine to fight thirty romulans, and he’s winning!


I don’t know what’s crazier, learning a constructed language attributed to aliens, or mocking people who do it. I know what I believe though, that trying a thing is harder than deriding a thing, and there is more honor in choosing the more difficult path. For months now you’ve heard me repeatedly say that language opens worlds. Unfortunately, it can close worlds too. Opening is better. qo’mey poSmoH Hol

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