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Klingon WOTD: qon (verb)

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This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Monday, May 7, 2007.

Category: General

Klingon word:   qon
Part of Speech: verb 
Definition:     record, compose 
Source: TKD (102 KE, 149 EK, KGT 224 KE, KGT 238 EK) 
Swedish: nedteckna, spela in (all slags inspelning och skrift)

Additional Notes:
Also in "Okrand's Notes" in HolQeD 2:4 p. 17.  "Actually, this is the word translated in TKD as the verb "record," meaning to make a record of something (whether this record be written or a digital recording or an old-fashioned wax cylinder or anything).  Apparently Klingon songs are not composed by anybody -- they're just out there, waiting to be hunted down, trapped, and logged (that is, written down and/or taught to others)."

KGT adds the meaning of "compose."

KGT p. 71.  The word used for "compose" is {qon}.  This verb also means "record" and is used whether the recording is by hand (that is, written or even etched in stone), in a medium suitable for a computer, or any other form.  From the Klingon point of the, a song is not the product of an individual's mind.  It has somehow always existed and is waiting for someone (the songwriter or, more accurately, song recorder ({qonwI'}) to transcribe it and then present it ({much}) to others.  There are a number of very well known songwriters, and it is quite an honor if one of them composes a song about one's exploits.  Currently, perhaps the most respected {qonwI'} is Keedera.

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