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Re: Klingon WOTD: tay (verb)

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Wednesday, November 16, 2005.
>Klingon word:   tay
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     be civilized

Never used in a sentence.

Cf. also {taymoH} "civilize" and {tayqeq} "civilization"

Qov once made an insightful observation here on the List:

   Apparently while our definition of maturity is cities ("CIVilization")
   theirs is ritual ({nentay} [Rite of Ascension], {Heghtay} [Death
   Ritual], {muvtay} [initiation]).

{tay} "be civilized" may have derived from the simpler concept {tay'} "be 
together, be united".

Related verbs include {SeQ} "be formal, ritualistic, ceremonial"; {Hach} 
"be developed (e.g. a civilization)" and {'Itlh} "be advanced, highly 

>     tay (noun) - ceremony, rite, ritual

   While the conventional phrases used in some rituals are uttered in
   modern Klingon (such as those used in the Rite of Ascension, a
   ceremony symbolizing a young Klingon's attainment of a certain
   spiritual level), those used in a great many others are in a form
   of {no' Hol} (such as those associated with the {bIreqtal} [brek'tal],
   the ceremony in which the killer of the leader of a Klingon house
   marries the widow and thereby becomes the head of the house himself).
   In these cases, the phrases must be studied and memorized by the
   participants, then repeated back accurately. Improvising or para-
   phrasing is entirely inappropriate. Depending on when the phrases for
   the ritual originated, the words and grammatical constructions may
   be somewhat like or very different from those of modern Klingon.
   [KGT 11]

   Younger Klingons, while accepting their heritage and observing the
   ancient rites, see some aspects of their elders' behavior and beliefs
   as, if not obsolete, then just old-fashioned.  [KGT 133]

There's a whole section on ceremonies and rituals at

In addition to those mentioned by Qov, other rituals include {chontay} 
"ritual hunt", {qutluch tay} Kut'luch Ceremony and the {ruStay} R'uustai 
(bonding ritual).  There are of course many, many more rituals the names of 
which are not compounded with {tay}.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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