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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, June 17, 2013
> Klingon word: jev
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: storm
> Source: HQ:v12n4p8

AFAIK only used in Okrand's translation of Sonnet 116:

  jevqu'taHvIS muD ral, bejlI' parmaq. 
  ["While the violent atmosphere storms, love still watches."]
   (Sonnet 116)

Note the nomen agentis {jevwI'}:

  Qombe'! nISbe' jevwI', 'ej not ruS baq. 
  That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
  ["It does not tremble! The storm does not disrupt it, and it
   never terminates the bond."] (Sonnet 116)

At the Farpoint Convention (10/2000), MO told Krankor that {jev} "is a weather term" meaning "be rainy, windy, thundering" and is used similarly to {SIS} "rain". 

HQ 12.4:  To breathe noisily, or wheeze, is {jev}. (This is also the verb "storm", though Maltz couldn't decide whether this was meaningful or just a coincidence.)"

KGT 122:  A well-known Klingon myth tells of a man in the ancient city of Quin'lat who dies during a storm because he remained outside the walls of the city in order to show that he was not afraid of the storm and to make the storm respect him. Kahless, who was in the city at the time, remarked {qoH vuvbe' SuS} ("The wind does not respect a fool"), which has become a frequently repeated proverb.

st.k (11/1997):  Speakers who do this seem to be aware that they are breaking the rules, so they are doing it for rhetorical effect. (It has the same sort of feeling, perhaps, as if someone were to say in English ... "It's lightninging and thundering outside")" 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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