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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, April 21, 2015
> Klingon word: puj
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: be weak

CK:  "As you practice speaking, remember: Speak Klingon boldly; do not be meek or hesitant. This could be interpreted as a sign of weakness, a less than admirable trait among Klingons." 

  You are weak. KLS

  puj verengan; bIQ rur 
  the Ferengi is as weak as water (HQ 13.1:9) 

  tlhIngan yoH HoS verengan yoH puj 
  The Klingon is braver than the Ferengi (slang) KGT

  tlhIngan yoH HoS Hoch yoH puj 
  Klingons are the bravest of all (slang) KGT

  puj; bIQ rur 
  weak as water KGT

  DuHIv jagh Dangu'laHbe'bogh, vaj bIwunchoH 'ej bIpujchoH 
  Attack by unknown enemy leaves you vulnerable and weak. MKE

  moratlh DaH bIHaw'laHtaHbe' puj 'uSDu'lIj PB

  qanjIt qan vemmoH moratlh, vavDaj ghaH qanjIt'e' puj tIqDu'Daj 'ach Hem 
  Morath wakes his father, the old Kanjit, his hearts weak, but proud. PB

pujmoH  weaken (v) 

  they weaken each other (st.k 11/97)

  he/she needs to weaken [somebody] (st.k 11/97)

  jaghpu'ra' bopujmoHtaHvIS, ghur tuqmeyraj quv. 
  Honor will rise in your houses as you bring your enemies to their
  knees. MKE

puj  weakness (n) PB

  nItebHa' molor HI''a' SuvvIpghach puj je HarghmeH yeq chaH 
  United to do battle together! Against the tyrant Molor!
  Against fear and against weakness! PB

pujwI'  weakling (n) 

KGT 152:  "This word [Hom] literally means bone, but its slang usage is no doubt influenced by the noun suffix -Hom, a diminutive that adds a meaning of smallness or lack of importance... There are a number of standard counterparts to Hom, such as pujwI' (weakling), langwI' (one who is thin), and runwI' (one who is short)." 

  pujwI' HIvlu'chugh quvbe'lu' 
  There is no honor in attacking the weak. TKW

KGT 87:  "Prior to the preparation of this dish, the worms are fed only {'Iw puj} (diluted blood; literally, weak blood), which the worms find unappetizing and therefore consume only when they are nearly starving." 

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 ... The modern meaning of ru', derived from the earlier senses, is be temporary." 

KGT 196:  "Mistakenly calling someone a Suy (merchant) when the intent is to be insulting and call him or her a Suy' will have the effect of making the speaker appear to be foolish and, therefore, weak and hardly in a position to be ridiculing someone else." 

KGT 165:  "a society that is judged to be falling apart may have tlhamHom (little gravity) or tlham puj (weak gravity)" 

Note the idiom:

  jaghwI'Daq jIHom 
  I use (my) second toe at my enemy
  (IDIOM: I claim my enemy is unworthy or weak) (HQ 10.2:11)

KGT 35:  "The Klingons equate water with weakness. Anything is better than water; the less waterlike, the better." 

KGT 161:  "because of the Klingon association of water with weakness (as opposed to the strength of blood or ale, for that matter)"

TKW 34:  "Just as blood is used figuratively to refer to power, water carries the opposite and negative connotation of lack of control. Strength cannot coexist with weakness within an individual or a successful society." 

KGT 167  "Since Klingons consider self-control a great virtue, declaring oneself to be cursed is comparable to an admission of weakness and utterly uncharacteristic (though not unknown). To say that someone else is cursed, on the other hand, is to attribute weakness to that person." 

KGT 151:  "not only is being under a doctor's care considered a sign of weakness, but it is also regarded as a relinquishing of self-control." 

"Ah, sentimentality, mercy-the emotions of peace. Your weakness, Captain Kirk." (Kor, TOS "Errand of Mercy")

HoS 		be strong (v)
HoSghaj 	be powerful, be potent (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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