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Re: Klingon WOTD: matlh (v)

>Klingon word:   matlh
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     be loyal

As used in canon:

   qorDu' SaHlu'chugh 'ej matlhlu'chugh vaj wa' tlhIngan ghob potlhqu'
   devotion and loyalty to family is one of the most important Klingon 
virtues. S13

   yoHbogh matlhbogh je SuvwI'
   Say'moHchu' may' 'Iw
   The blood of battle washes clean
   the warrior brave and true. (Anthem)

"For a minority of Klingons who pronounce both {b} and {m} identically, as 
{m}, the words {betleH} and {meqleH} sound almost the same, especially when 
shouted in the heat of battle. Because of the importance of the bat'leth in 
Klingon tradition, however, they have taken to calling the bat'leth {betleH 
quv} (pronounced {metleH quv}), or 'honored bat'leth,' while the mek'leth 
is {meqleH matlh}, or 'loyal mek'leth'" (KGT p.60)

>Opposite of {matlhHa'}.

"be disloyal"

   Qu' buSHa'chugh SuvwI', batlhHa' vangchugh, qoj matlhHa'chugh, pagh ghaH 
   If a warrior ignores duty, acts dishonorably, or is disloyal, he is 
nothing. TKW

   matlhHa'; romuluSngan rur
   disloyal as a Romulan KGT

'ej <<Hov leng wej>>Daq matlh, Qugh QeDpIn matlh, yIlIjQo'!
And don't forget Maltz, Kruge's loyal science officer, from ST3!

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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