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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: chIvo'

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, November 27, 2014
> Klingon word: chIvo'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: total dishonor, absolute lack of honor
> Source: Star Trek Into Darkness, qepHom 2013

potlhmo' batlh, vIqawba'. 'ej chIvo' neH chIw vum'e'. 
Because you care about honor. And this man has none. STID

HQ 12.3 p.9:  Maltz mentioned one noun associated with these verbs, {DavHam}, which he defined simply as "false honor", but which really covers the same semantic ground as both {HoQ} and {Qaq} (but not really {mIl}). {DavHam} is different from {quvHa'ghach} "dishonor" (noun) in that the latter does not imply seeming to be honorable or the appearance of honorability, but rather the lack of or loss of honor.


batlh 		honor (n)
quv  			honor (n.)
quvHa'ghach 	dishonor (n)

batlhHa'		dishonorably (adv)

HoQ  			be honored falsely, be falsely honorable (v)
Qaq  			behave falsely honorably, behave in a falsely honorable manner (v)
mIl  			be formerly honored (v)
qal 			be corrupt (v)

GARAK: "It's the honorable thing to do." 
WORF:  "You use that word, but you have no idea what it means." 
GARAK: "Perhaps not, but you do."   [DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow"]

HQ 12.3 p.9:  All this talk of pseudohonor and nonhonor logically led to a discussion of honor itself, normally expressed by the nouns {quv} and {batlh}, both usually defined as simply "honor". When asked to distinguish between the two, Maltz said, {'tlhIngan Soj 'oH -- not bIyaj}, literally, "It is Klingon food--you will not understand," using {Soj} "food" in its idiomatic sense of matter, concern, affair.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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