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

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, September 08, 2014
> Klingon word: ru'
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: be temporary

boq ru'
coalition KGT ["temporary alliance" (HQ 4.4)]

mu'mey ru' 
temporary words (i.e. made-up words) KGT

KGT 42:  in an archaic form of Klingon, {ru'} meant something like "ready to collapse or die". It was used to describe weakened prey or a weakened enemy, but it was also applied to food (particularly fresh organs) meant to be eaten while still alive or just recently so, the implication being that if it were not eaten quickly, it would soon be no good. Upper-class Klingons still use the word in this latter sense, referring, for example to {qagh ru'} ("serpent worms about to die"). The modern meaning of {ru'}, derived from the earlier senses, is "be temporary". Except in upper-class settings, {qagh ru'} would be interpreted as "temporary serpent worms", which would not make much sense at all. ... Among the lower classes-except for those working as servants for the higher classes-words like ... {ru'} are used only in their modern senses.

HQ 5.1:  The word {qa'meH} ... has become accepted as a noun in its own right, meaning replacement in the sense of something that takes over for or is used instead of something that is gone or that has been lost. It is not used for a temporary substitute or a stand-in; the word for that is {lIw}.

See also:

lIw 		substitute, stand-in, temporary surrogate (n)

ru'Ha'  	be permanent (v)
SIQ 		endure, bear (v)
taH 		continue, go on, endure (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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