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Re: Klingon WOTD: 'avwI' (noun)

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Monday, November 21, 2005.
>Klingon word:   'avwI'
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     guard

   mughoS 'avwI' 'ar
   How many guards are coming? CK

   tlhIngan 'avwI' lughom
   They meet a Klingon guard. PK

   jang 'avwI'
   The guard answers. The guard replies. PK

   'avwI'vaD jatlh qama'
   A prisoner says to the guard... PK

   jatlh 'avwI'
   The guard says... PK

   'avwI' nejDI' narghta'bogh qama' reH 'avwI' Sambej
   When an escaped prisoner looks for a guard, he always finds one. TKW

   pawpu' 'avwI' paghDIch
   the zeroth guard has arrived
   ["implying that no guard has arrived even though one (and probably
     more than one) is expected." (KGT 177)]

   'avwI' vaghDIch
   fifth guard KGT

   'avwI' Hay' yaS
   The officer duels the guard. KGT

   jav luHpu' 'avwI'
   The guard has caused a prisoner to confess.
   (slang: "The guard has yanked a six") KGT

{'avwI'pu'} may be the Klingon version of police and border patrol - they 
interrogate the Terran tourist at the spaceport and they patrol the streets 
in PK.  (Cp. Irish *garda* "guardian, police officer".)

A slang term for {'avwI} (and perhaps other bothersome officials) appears 
to be {ghew} (lit. "bug, insect").  In ST6 Kesla tells Uhura, whom he 
thinks is a smuggler, {ghewmey SuqQo'!} "Don't catch any bugs!"  In the 
novelization this is explained as smuggler's code for "Good luck in 
avoiding border officials!"  We also have this joke in PK:

   Qo'noSDaq paw cha' DIvI' beq.  tlhIngan 'avwI' lughom.
   lutlhob <<naDevvo' vaS'a'Daq majaHlaH'a'?>>
   jang 'avwI' <<lIchopbe'chugh ghewmey!>>

   Two Federation crewmen arrive on Kronos. They meet a Klingon guard.
   They ask him, "Can we get to the Great Hall from here?"
   The guard answers, "If the bugs do not bite you!"  (PK)

If this is a reference to getting picked up by the authorities, the phrase 
{ghIlab ghewmey tIbuSQo'} "Pay no heed to glob flies" (i.e. "Don't pay 
attention to insignificant things" [TKW]) may mean something different in 
the Klingon underworld.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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