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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, May 21, 2013
> Klingon word: paw'
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: collide

  paw' Dujmey 
  The ships collide. KGT

  paw' lupDujHommey
  The shuttlecraft collide. KGT

  paw' tera'nganpu' 
  The Terrans collide. KGT

  paw' tlhIngan SuvwI'pu'
  The Klingon warriors butt heads ("collide"). KGT

KGT 157l:  This verb describes a very common habit among Klingon warriors, particularly at festive occasions. Two Klingons stand close together, facing each other, and, with great joviality, slam their foreheads together. ... The word literally means "collide" and is usually (though hardly exclusively) heard when referring to vehicles. In both its literal and slang usages, {paw'} takes a plural subject: {paw' tlhIngan SuvwI'pu'} ("The Klingon warriors butt heads"); {paw' lupDujHommey} ("The shuttlecraft collide"). To refer to something in motion colliding with something stationary, a different verb, {ngeQ} ("bump into, collide with") is used, as in {raS ngeQ tera'ngan} ("The Terran bumps into the table"). When the subject of {paw'} is persons, the most common interpretation of the verb is the slang one-that is, "butt heads", as unlikely as the image might be. When the subject of {paw'} is anything other than persons, the most likely interpretation is the non-slang one, "collide". If one wanted to say that two persons collide but not imply that they butt heads, the verb {ngeQ} would probably be used along with the suffix {-chuq} (each other) as in {ngeQchuq tera'nganpu'} ("The Terrans collide with each other").

Trek notes:

Captain Nu'Daq challenged Data to the B'aht Qul challenge in 2369 after hearing of Data's reputation for great physical strength. Data easily won the challenge, whereupon Nu'Daq head-butted Data, but then bounced backwards. (TNG "The Chase")

Related words:
ngeQ 		bump into, run into, collide with (v)

{paw'} - with the {qaghwI'} - may be a variant of the verb {paw} "arrive".


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