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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: vub

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, December 12, 2013
> Klingon word: vub
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: hostage

tlhIngan ghaH wa' vub'e' 
One of the hostages is a Klingon. ST5

vubpu' jonta' HeSwI' 
A criminal has succeeded in taking hostages. (ST5 notes)

wa' vub ghaH tlhIngan gharwI''e' 
One hostage is a Klingon diplomat. (ST5 notes)

vubpu' jon nuchpu'. jonbe' tlhInganpu'. 
Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not. TKW

TKW 97:  taking a hostage is not a courageous act. Nevertheless, under certain circumstance, Klingons do take prisoners. (...) Kruge seemed to violate the norm when he and his men came across a group of Federation citizens-Lieutenant Saavik, David Marcus, and a young Spock-on the Genesis planet and seized them. His intention was to interrogate them and learn about the Genesis torpedo, not to hold them as hostages.

"Neighborhood controls will be established, hostages selected." (Kor, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

Klingon Special Occupation Order No. 4 requires that 200 local hostages be killed every two hours until a spy/saboteur is given up. (Kirk, "Errand of Mercy")

"I will kill one hundred hostages at the first sign of treachery." (Kang, TOS "Day of the Dove")

"I have seen what the Klingons do to planets like yours. They are organized into vast slave labor camps. No freedoms whatsoever. ... Hostages taken and killed, your leaders confined. You'd be far better off on a penal planet." (Kirk, "Errand of Mercy")

Similar words:

qama' 		prisoner (n)
voHDajbo' 		ransom (n)

quch 			kidnap (v)
yu'  			question, interrogate (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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