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Re: SachtaH Holmaj!

qa'ral wrote:

: This would seem appropriate for a language that (jatlh worIv)
: did not have a word for *peace* until the 23d or 24th century. 
: P.S. Where did /roj/ come from, anyway? I would have preferred

IIRC, Worf complained that Klingon didn't have a word for "peace-maker",
not "peace".  

>From my notes:

  {roj}  make peace (vb.)
  {roj}  peace (n.)
  {rojHom}  truce, temporary peace (n.)
    {ja'chuqmeH rojHom neH jaghla'}
    The enemy commander wishes a truce (in order) to confer. TKD
  {rojmab}  peace treaty (n. Cf. {rom} & {mab}; vb. {qI'} "sign [a
    {'orghen rojmab} The Organian Peace Treaty
  {rojqoq}  so-called peace (n.) ["Saying {rojqoq} 'so-called peace',
    than simply {roj} 'peace', indicates that the speaker does not really
    believe that peace is legitimate or likely to endure." (TKD p.24)
    indicates the word is being used ironically or inappropriately:
    'the so-called peace', which you believe is actually non-existent.

In light of the verb {roj}, it seems odd that {rojwI'} was unknown.  No
doubt Worf meant that the need for such a person had never arisen before. 
Of course, the Klngon view of peace may be somewhat different from that of
the Federation.  Klingons may think that - pace {rojHom} - {roj} is merely
that indefinite and awkward period between wars, rather than permanent
"peace in our time" *{rojna'}.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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