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

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On Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM, Steven Boozer <> wrote:
> [KWOTD: maghwI' traitor (n)]
> 'urwI'  traitor (n) [difference from {maghwI'} unknown]
> [...poD...]
> magh    betray, act against (S26) (v)
> 'ur             commit treason (v)

Surely the difference is that a {maghwI'} is a "traitor (betrayer)",
whereas an {'urwI'} is a "traitor (one who commits treason)". The
former leaves open who or what has been betrayed, whereas the latter
specifies that it is a ruler, state, or other political entity
(someone or something the betrayal of whom or which constitutes

The fact that the English glosses are identical obscures this
difference, but it's clear in the Klingon.


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