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Re: Klingon WOTD: Qom (v)

> Klingon word:   Qom
> Part of Speech: verb
> Definition:     experience an earthquake or tremor
Tom West asked
: Can Qom also be used as a noun?

No.  You can't use a verb as a noun, or vice versa.  In fact, it appears that
Okrand specifically rejected a simple noun for "earthquake/tremor" when he was
creating vocabulary for "ST3: The Search for Spock".  (Derived nouns are always
possible with {-ghach} and {-wI'}, but they won't mean quite what you have in
mind.)  We do, however, have the nouns {Seq} "fault (seismic)" and {Qargh}

Between these three, and a little imaginative recasting, you should be able to
translate whatever you want.  And remember that just because Klingon doesn't
have a noun for earthquake, there's no reason you can't use one in English. 

  qaStaHvIS DISvam wejlogh Qompu' Qo'noS.
  This year Chronos has experienced three earthquakes.

  Do'Ha' Qomqu'taHvIS veng wa'DIch Qaw'lu'chu'.
  Unfortunately the First City was devastated during the severe quakes.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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