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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, June 12, 2013
> Klingon word: pagh
> Part of speech: num
> Definition: zero 

pagh rep 
midnight (00.00 hours) CK

Dal pagh jagh 
No enemy is boring. TKW

He pagh-pagh-pagh-DoD-cha' yInab 
Plot course zero-zero-zero, mark two. ST5

He wej pagh Soch DoD cha' 
course 3-0-7-mark-2 (st.k 11/21/99)

jagh Duj DaQaw' 'ach pagh qama' Datlhapqa' 
Destroy enemy vessel without retrieving prisoners. MKE

bIghHa' DamejDI' pagh QaS yInob 
Get out of jail free. MKE

KGT 176-78:  Several of these made-up words involve constructions normally restricted to numbers ... Sometimes the suffix is heard attached to {pagh} (zero, none), producing the technically ungrammatical term {paghDIch} (zeroth). It is used to describe something that was expected to occur but has not, or that could conceivably occur but has not. For example, one might say {pawpu' 'avwI' paghDIch} ("the zeroth guard has arrived"), implying that no guard has arrived even though one (and probably more than one) is expected. Similarly, one might describe how to wield a painstik during the Rite of Ascension by saying: {'oy'naQ DaQeqDI' mIw wa'DIch Data', 'ach 'oy'naQ Dachu'DI' mIw paghDIch Data'} ("When you aim the painstik, you accomplish the first step, but when you turn the painstik on, you accomplish the zeroth step"). The implication here is that activating the painstik must be done before beginning the ritualistic part of the ceremony. ... When {-logh} is attached to {pagh} (zero), the resulting form, {paghlogh} (zero times) is used as an emphatic alternate for {not} (never), as in {paghlogh jegh tlhIngan SuvwI'} ("a Klingon warrior surrenders zero times") ... compare {not jegh tlhIngan SuvwI'} ("a Klingon warrior never surrenders").

Don't confuse {pagh} "zero" with {pagh} IKC Pagh (ship name), {pagh} "or, or else, either/or" (conj.), {pagh} "nothing, none" (n) or {pagh} "no one" (n).

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