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RE: KLBC: double -bogh verbs

: 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 SuvwI', qar'a'?
> In general, when a subject is repeated between two different
> sentences/clauses, it's better to state it in the *first* one and leave it
> out in the second. This is a bit hard to get used to, but it is important.
> 	<yoHbogh SuvwI' 'ej matlhbogh>

De gustibus non disputandum est, of course, but this is merely pagh's own
stylistic preference.  We've seen Okrand do it both ways:

	romuluSngan Sambogh 'ej HoHbogh nejwI' 
	Romulan hunter-killer probe 
	(this device is also called a {HoHwI'} for short) KCD

	SuDbogh Dargh 'ej wovbogh 
	The tea that is {SuD} and light. KGT

which last is a variant of:

	SuD Dargh 'ej wov.  KGT 
	The tea is {SuD} and light.

both meaning roughly "light green tea". 

(Don't you hate it when I do this?)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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