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

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

> Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, September 07, 2014
> Klingon word: va
> Part of speech: excl
> Definition: (curse) general invective
> Source: TKD:p178

TKD 178:  The invective {va} is actually just a shortened form of {Qu'vatlh}.

It is used to show "only slight anger or distemperment" (Mark Shoulson, HQ 3.1).

AFAIK it's never been used by Okrand, but I've seen good examples in the Klingonist community:

va, tujqu'! 
Phew! What a scorcher! (Katz)

va, yorIq Do'Ha'! 
Alas, poor Yorick! (GP:HOMLET)

va, Do'Ha' yorIq! 
Alas, poor Yorick! (TKH)

toH va! 
Alas! (Qes, chIjwI' tIQ bom [Rime of the Ancient Mariner])

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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