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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.

It’s taken us many weeks, but we’ve come to the last of our verb suffixes. You actually have seen it used quite a bit, and have doubtless already inferred how it works, but now it’s time to formally present it to you. I’m talking about the Type 9 suffix –wI’. W, Capital I, Apostrophe. When you add –wI’ to a verb it creates the meaning of one who does X or that which does X, thus turning the verb into a noun. And of course, as a noun, it can then take any of the noun suffixes. A common translation into English involves the suffix “-er” as you’ll see in the following examples:

vavlI’ rur HoHwI’
the killer resembles your father

bomwI’ vImoj jIcheghchoHchugh
if I get drunk, I become a singer

betleHvetlh vIwIvlaH ’ach qanwI’vam vIwIvnIS
I could choose that bat’lath, but I need to choose this old one


You may find yourself thinking about verbs differently for the next few days. After all, every single verb you know, with whatever suffixes you’ve ever added to make the meaning more precise, has now exploded into a new form, can now be a noun, and those new nouns can be used even more specifically through the use of noun suffixes. Everything you know about verbs is still true, and yet it’s all different too. It’s like a whole new world. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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