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

Steven Boozer (sboozer@uchicago.edu)



> Klingon word: maghwI'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: traitor
> Source: TKD


maghwI'Daq jISIq 
I point at the traitor with my index finger 
I point out the traitor with my index finger (HQ 10.2)

maghwI'Daq SIq naQjej 
the spear points at the traitor 
He/she points at the traitor with his/her spear (HQ 10.2)

maghwI'Daq SIq naQjejwIj 
my spear points at the traitor
I point at the traitor with my spear (HQ 10.2)

maghwI'Daq SIqmeH naQjejwIj lo' SuvwI' 
the warrior uses my spear to point at the traitor
the warrior points at the traitor with my spear. (HQ 10.2)

FYI {magh} "betray" in canon:

<numagh>?
[They've betrayed us. (untranslated)] ST6

ngoQvam luchavmeH ghawran maghpu' be'nI'pu' 
To this end, the sisters have acted against Gowron... in order to gain power. S26

wo' Damagh 'ej bIHegh 
Die betraying the Empire. MKE

KGT 147:  This word [{bolwI'}] actually means "drooler"--that is, "one who drools". The nonslang word meaning traitor is {maghwI'} (literally, "one who betrays"). ... Probably because of the parallel formation of {bolwI'} and {maghwI'} (that is, verb plus {-wI'}), the verb {bol} (drool) is sometimes used to mean betray, as if it were equivalent to {magh}. In this usage, {bol}, like {magh}, may take an object; that is, the sentence may indicate who is betrayed: {mumaghpu'} ("He/she has betrayed me") or {mubolpu'} ("He/she has betrayed me"; literally, "He/she has drooled me").

KGT 157:  compare {maghwI'} "traitor" and {maghwI'na'} "definite traitor, without a doubt a traitor"

Related vocabulary:

'urwI' 	traitor (n) [difference from {maghwI'} unknown]
bolwI'	traitor (n) (slang)
'urmang 	treason (n)

magh  	betray, act against (S26) (v)
bol		betray (slang) (v)
'ur 		commit treason (v)

Daw' 		revolt (v)
QuS 		conspire (v)
chos 		desert (v) 
cheH 		defect (v


--
Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons



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