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Re: Klingon WOTD: voDleH (n)

>Klingon word:   voDleH
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     emperor

We're not sure what the difference is between the two words for emperor: 
{ta'} and {voDleH}.

The only time Okrand has used {voDleH} is in {voDleH Ha'DIbaH} "emperor's 
meat", a method of preparing meat:

   If the meat is somewhat older, a common preparation technique is to {HaH}
   (marinate) it in any of a wide variety of concoctions containing {'Iw}
   (blood) and/or {vIychorgh} (sap) as a base, along with assorted animal 
   Meat prepared in this style is also called {voDleH Ha'DIbaH} (emperor's 
   again with the specific animal used instead of {Ha'DIbaH}; for example,
   {voDleH lIngta'} (emperor's lingta). (Presumably there was an emperor at one
   time who liked his meat prepared in this fashion.) (KGT p.90f)

{ta'} appears in {ta' Hol} "standard dialect" (i.e. proper, grammatical 
Klingon), which is shortened from {ta' tlhIngan Hol} the "Emperor's 
Klingon" (cf. KGT p.14f).

FYI: KLI's "The Klingon Hamlet" uses {ta'} for "king", *{ta'be'} for 
"queen", and
*{ta'qach'a'} for "castle" -- but that's completely unofficial.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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