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[Tlhingan-hol] Using betleH vocabulary (was RE: Klingon Word of the Day: jIrmoH)

Robyn Stewart ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

I wish I could run sentences like these past Maltz.

betleH vIchaQ.
gholwI' qabDaq jIchaQ.
gholwI' qabvaD jIchaQ.
betleH vIngol.
yIngol! (said while helping someone carry a table through a door).

My interpretation is that all of these are useable: that is that a betleH is
the expected and implied object of the verb, such that when no object is
specified it is assumed to be about a betleH, but that the action could be
understood for other objects, just as if I told my partner to "steer right"
or "pitch up" when carrying the hypothetical table.

It can be frustrating when we have specialized vocabulary but lack generic
terms.  The temptation is to use the specialized word metaphorically, but I
don't want to dilute its true meaning.  

- Qov

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Boozer [] 
Sent: April 8, 2015 8:26
Subject: Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jIrmoH

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, April 08, 2015
> Klingon word: jIrmoH
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: twirl *bat'leth*, cause *bat'leth* to rotate
> Source: KGT

KGT 60:  There is an extensive vocabulary for the moves associated with
bat'leth use. To thrust or lunge toward one's opponent, for example, is
{jop}... To twirl or rotate the bat'leth is {jIrmoH} and to toss it from one
hand to the other (the same word is used whether left to right or right to
left) is {baQ}.

N.B. the causative of {jIr} "rotate, twirl".  Not known whether {jIrmoH} is
specialized jargon limited to bat'leths only (cf. for example {chuH}
"throw/hurl (a spear) at").  


yan 		wield, use or manipulate a sword (v)

jaD 		throw around, hurl about (V)
jIr  		rotate, twirl (v)
DIng 		spin (v)
tlhe' 	turn (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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