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RE: "She Grows (Medicinal) Herbs"

Steven Boozer (

Fiat Knox:
>I think that the context of the use of the word "poch" plant (v) infers
>that the object will be vegetable - based, so I'd feel comfortable
>considering sentences such as:-
>I'm going to use the following at some point, as you have suggested:-
>  Hergh tI wIj be'  - She farms medicinal vegetation
>  Hergh tI poch be' - She plants medicinal vegetation
"Farm" is closer to the whole process of growing crops than just "planting":  i.e. planting, irrigating, weeding, caring for, harvesting, preparing the crop, marketing, etc.

>  Hergh tI tlhab yob be' - The woman harvests wild medicinal vegetation

Also {boS} "collect".

>  vutmeH tI wIj - (She) farms (vegetation for cooking) herbs (spices?)

I like this one for "spices".

>  Hergh poch - (She) plants medicine (the use of poch infers that the Hergh
>  will be of in the form of tI)

I considered using just {Hergh}:

  Hergh wIj be'
  the woman farms (grows) medicine

For all we know, all Klingon medicine is herbal or natural.

>The hallucinogenic suggestions work ok for me, too:-
>  najmoHmeH Hergh
>  vulmoHmeH Hergh
>  QongmoHmeH Hergh
>  jotmoHmeH Hergh, perhaps?
>and perhaps even
>  tI SuQ - poisonous vegetation

This gives a new twist to the proverb:

  bIQapqu'meH tar DaSop 'e' DatIvnIS 
  To really succeed, you must enjoy eating poison. TKW

>though the use of any of these herbs against a warrior expecting to go
>into battle would be considered extremely dishonourable, naturally.

Not necessarily.  Klingons are known to use {Qab} theragen, a lethal nerve gas (cf. TOS "The Tholian Web").  And of course there's the (dis)honor in using a cloaking device. <g>

Canon Master of the Klingons

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