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

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, June 18, 2013
> 
> Klingon word: DIS
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: year (Klingon)

TM, (r) (c) je tera' DIS wa'-Hut-Hut-loS Paramount Pictures. 
TM, (r) c.1994 Paramount Pictures. (SkyBox Copyright)

tera' poH jaj wa', jar wa', jaj loSDIch, DIS wa'-Hut-Hut-chorgh:
 HovpoHvetlh latlh nab yIHutlh 
Save this Stardate: Sunday, January 4, 1998. STX

poH tuj bI'reS nungbogh wa' jaj qeylIS DIS chorghvatlh loSmaH
 jav qaStaHvIS [sic] 
In the days that follow the summer solstice in the Year of
 Kahless 846. ('u'-MTK)

N.B. Do not confuse {DIS} "year" with {DIS} "cave" or the verb {DIS} "confess".

KGT 205f.:  Similarly, the Klingon words jaj, jar, and DIS are normally translated as day, month, and year, respectively, but the length of a Klingon day, month, or year is not the same as the Terran counterpart. Calculating the length of a Klingon day, month, or year is not at all a straightforward exercise, but suffice it to say that a period of five months is not the same amount of time as a period of vagh jarmey.

St.k (June 1997):  Adding -vam "this" to most words designating fixed periods of time seems to be the only way to indicate current. Thus the current year or this year is DISvam (referring, of course, to a Klingon year, or DIS) ... There don't seem to be special words for the current year and so forth comparable to DaHjaj the current day or today.
 
HQ 8.3 p.3:  With longer time periods, such as a century (vatlh DIS poH), millennium (SaD DIS poH), or a period of 10,000 years (myriad, perhaps) (netlh DIS poH), the words ret or pIq may be used in place of poH, e.g., cha' vatlh DIS poH two centuries, but cha' vatlh DIS ret two centuries ago. The phrase cha' vatlh ben would mean 200 years ago. The choice of construction depends on what is being emphasized: in this case, the total number of centuries (two) or the total number of years (200).

Trek trivia:

Worf said that the Rotarran's mission began on the 53rd day of the year of Kahless 999. (DS9 "Soldiers of the Empire")

Related words:

DIS poH  	[period of years] (n)
bov 		era (n)
puq poH	generation (n)

HovpoH 	stardate (n)

nem 		years from now (n)
ben 		years ago (n)



--
Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons



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