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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, December 11, 2014
> Klingon word: ngeQ
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: bump into, run into, collide with

KGT 157f.:  The word [{paw'}] literally means "collide" and is usually (though hardly exclusively) heard when referring to vehicles. In both its literal and slang usages, {paw'} takes a plural subject ... {paw' lupDujHommey} ("The shuttlecraft collide"). To refer to a something in motion colliding with something stationary, a different verb, {ngeQ} ("bump into, collide with") is used, as in {raS ngeQ tera'ngan} ("The Terran bumps into the table"). When the subject of {paw'} is persons, the most common interpretation of the verb is the slang one-that is, butt heads. ... When the subject of {paw'} is anything other than persons, the most likely interpretation is the non-slang one, collide. If one wanted to say that two persons collide but not imply that they butt heads, the verb {ngeQ} would probably be used along with the suffix {-chuq} (each other) as in "ngeQchuq tera'nganpu'} ("The Terrans collide with each other").

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