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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, November 15, 2013
> Klingon word: luj
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: fail, lose (a contest)

lujpu' jIH 
I have failed. TKD

lujpu' jIH'e' 
I, and only I, have failed. TKD

bIlujlaHbe'chugh bIQaplaHbe' 
If you cannot fail, you cannot succeed.
("If you cannot lose, you cannot win"). TKW

wo' choqmeH may' DoHlu'chugh lujbe'lu' 
"ending a battle to save an empire is no defeat." TKW

HQ 2.4 p.18:  To win a competition is {Qap}. (If it's a decisive or particularly gratifying victory, they'd say {Qapchu'}, even though that's a bit redundant... To a Klingon, to win is to function perfectly. The opposite notion, "lose", is commonly luj, also meaning "fail".

KGT 165f.:  The slang expression is used in such constructions as {bIvonlu'pu'} ("You have failed completely"; literally, "You have been trapped"). In standard Klingon, the same idea may be expressed by saying {lujbej} ("certainly fail"), {lujchu'} ("fail perfectly"), or {lujqu'} ("really fail"), all based on {luj} ("fail"). Note that {luj} is also used to mean lose (as in "lose at a game"). To say "I lose" is {jIluj}; to say "I lose in a big way" is {jIlujqu'} or {jIlujchu'}.

"This is war, a game we Klingons play to win." (Kor, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

Similar words:

Qap 		win (a competition, or a war) (v)
ghatlh 	dominate (v)
chargh 	be victorious (v)

qaD  		challenge, test, contest (n)
Quj  		game (n)
yay 		victory (n)
 - yay chav   achieve victory (phrase)

chIl 		lose, misplace (v)

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