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

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, November 05, 2013
> 
> Klingon word: pung
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: mercy
> Source: TKD

  pung ghap HoS 
  Mercy or power. [sic] TKW 

TKW 119:  It is noteworthy that the conjunction in the Klingon phrase is {ghap} (either/or), not {joq} (and/or). This implies that one must choose between mercy and power; they are incompatible.

  HochvaD pung Hutlh qul 
  flames have no mercy for anyone. PB

Similar words:

bortaS 	revenge, vengeance (n)
ruv 		justice (n)

noD 		retaliate, seek revenge (v)
qeHHa' 	forgive (v)
may 		be fair (v)
vup 		pity (v)


"Ah, sentimentality, mercy-the emotions of peace. Your weakness, Captain Kirk." (Kor, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

"Why should a slave show mercy to the enslavers?" (Lokai, TOS "Let that Be Your Last Battlefield")

[OK, it wasn't said by a Klingon, but I'm sure they world agree with the... ahem... sentiment.  <g>]


--
Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons


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