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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, April 10, 2015
> Klingon word: muD Dotlh
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: weather (at any given moment)

HQ 2.4:  The Klingon word for weather meaning the state of the atmosphere, is the same as the word for atmosphere itself, {muD}. When inquiring about specific weather conditions at a specific time and/or place, the expression {muD Dotlh} (literally, "atmosphere status") is used.

TKD 10:  Unlike most speakers of English, who begin conversations with greetings, inquiries about the state of health of the conversants, and remarks about the weather, Klingons tend to begin conversations by simply stating the main points.


SuS 		wind (n)
'eng 		cloud (n)

jev 		storm [weather verb]
SIS 		rain [weather verb]
peD 		snow [weather verb]

One might use the verbs {chuS} "be noisy" for thunder and {pan} "spark, emit sparks" for lightning.  However, this may be a case of [i.e. {pabHa'} "misfollow (the rules), follow (the rules) wrongly"):

st.k (11/1997):  Speakers who do this seem to be aware that they are breaking the rules, so they are doing it for rhetorical effect. (It has the same sort of feeling, perhaps, as if someone were to say in English ... "It's lightninging and thundering outside"...) 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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