tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Feb 23 17:12:00 1999
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Re: KLBC: double -bogh verbs
In a message dated 2/23/99 7:35:36 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< jatlh T'Lod:
> I have seen an example of two verbs suffixed with -bogh, connected
> with je at the end, most notably in the Klingon Anthem: yoHbogh
> matlhbogh je SuvwI'. Could someone explain this usage to me and
> how a noun conjunction is used with verb clauses?
Simple - it's not. This example comes from a song, and is a good example of
Okrand taking poetic license. Poetry and song lyrics often break grammatical
conventions to achieve some other aesthetic objective, and that's what's
going on here. I believe (although I am not sure) that Okrand himself has
said that this is not grammatical, and was done solely to sound good in the
song. The normal way to combine multiple <-bogh> clauses is with <'ej>.
So if this were a proper Klingon phrase, it would be yoHbogh 'ej matlhbogh