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Re: Klingon WOTD: pIv (verb)

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Monday, November 28, 2005.
>Klingon word:   pIv
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     be healthy

   tlhIngan yoH pIv verengan yoH rop
   The Klingon is braver than the Ferengi (slang) KGT

   Be healthy!
   [Okrand sent Glen Proechel a "get well" letter when he was hospitalized
   for heart and kidney failure. "I don't know that this makes that phrase
   the 'official' way to wish someone health in Klingon, but it is consis-
   tent with the idea that sickness is considered a weakness and a Klingon
   needs to be ordered to stay healthy." (Proechel, 3/98)

   Unlike most speakers of English, who begin conversations with
   greetings, inquiries about the state of health of the conversants,
   and remarks about the weather, Klingons tend to begin conversations
   by simply stating the main points. (TKD 10)]

>Antonyms: rop

"be unhealthy"

   You look terrible (You seem unhealthy). TKD
   [Rick Endres' says in his fan novel "The Daystrom Project" that this
   phrase is often used as a warning (or promise?) to an intended victim.]

N.B. Don't confuse {pIv} "be healthy" with *{pIv}, which occurs as a bound 
morpheme in words relating to hyperspace or FTL travel:  {pIvchem} "warp 
field", {pIvghor} "warp drive", {pIvlob} "warp factor".

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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