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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 noun reflects my training as a research scientist. It’s nger. NG, E, R. nger means theory. It’s a bit more conceptual than most of our vocabulary to date, but the following examples will make it clear that the Klingon language is comfortable with both the concrete and the abstract:

wej nger vIghaj
I don’t have a theory yet

ngerlIjmo’ maHeghchoH
because of your theory, we’re dying

nuHmey rurbe’ ngermey. reH Qap nuHmey.
theories don’t resemble weapons. weapons always work.


As Kahless the Unforgettable once told me, “Vulcans use theories, and Klingons use weapons, but humans know how to use theories as weapons. If they ever learn to speak like warriors, no one in the galaxy will be safe.” qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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