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Re: Klingon WOTD: qon (verb)

Steven Boozer (

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Monday, May 7, 2007.
>Klingon word:   qon
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     record, compose
>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.

Used in canon:

   QIn qon
   he/she composes a message, he/she writes a message
   (literally "he/she records a message") (st.k 7/09/1998)

   HIDjolev qon
   he/she composes the menu (st.k 7/09/1998)

   qun qon charghwI'pu''e'
   History is written by the victors. TKW

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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