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Re: Klingon WOTD: tam (verb)

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Friday, November 25, 2005.
>Klingon word:   tam
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     exchange, substitute

In canon:

   boq lucherDI' tlhIngan wo' romuluS Hov wo' je So'wI' cham Suqpu'
   tlhIngan wo'. chaq tampu'. chaq romuluSnganpu'vaD pIvghor cham
   lunobpu' tlhInganpu'.
   Cloaking technology was gained through an alliance with the Romulan
   Star Empire, possibly in exchange for Warp Drive technology. S33

   ghopDu' tampu' Qe'
   The restaurant has exchanged hands. KGT

"Exchange" and "substitute" used by Okrand elsewhere in KGT:

   By the same token, literally translating a sentence such as "The
   restaurant changed hands" into Klingon, presumably as {ghopDu'
   choHpu' Qe'} ("The restaurant has altered hands") or perhaps
   {ghopDu' tampu' Qe'} ("The restaurant has exchanged hands"), does
   not tell the Klingon that the restaurant is now under new ownership,
   which is what the Federation Standard phrase really means. (KGT 106-7)

   ... both commerce and intellectual exchange are slowly returning
   to the levels that had been attained prior to the hostilities.
   (KGT 1)

   Mispronunciation may turn dangerous, on the other hand, if one
   Klingon sound is substituted for another.  (KGT 188)

   An altered form of this expression substitutes {bo'DaghHom}
   ("little scoop") for {bo'Dagh'a'} ("big scoop"). (KGT 125)

Related verbs include {choH} "alter, change" and {nob} "give".

Related nouns {lIw} "substitute, stand-in, temporary surrogate" and 
{qa'meH} "replacement".

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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