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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, June 25, 2013
> Klingon word: 'Il
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: be sincere

As used in canon:

  Be sincere! KGT

KGT 189:  Thus, if the occupant of a room heard a door chime, there would probably be no misunderstanding as a result of his or her saying {yI'Il!} ("Be sincere!") rather than the correct {yI'el!} ("Enter!"). In the situation at hand, only "Enter!" makes any sense.

Lawrence Schoen on Replacement Proverbs (DaHjaj Hol, 12/01/2011):

  These short phrases are used when a language warrior has
  committed some slight gaffe or faux pas, and seeks to quickly
  redress his or her honor. If spoken with sincerity, which is
  to say, convincingly, honor is restored. Keep in mind,
  Replacement Proverbs are not apologies, rather they are highly
  ritualized utterances for acknowledging that we all slip up
  from time to time. 

Similar words:

yuDHa' 	be honest (v)
matlh 	be loyal (v)

pon 		persuade, convince (v)

tlhIj 	apologize (v)
QoS 		be sorry (v)
pay 		regret (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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