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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, April 24, 2015
> Klingon word: ghantoH
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: model, example, pattern
> Source: email to Agnieszka, 15 january 2012

"Maltz is assuming this refers to something one copies or refers to in making things - or something along those lines." (MO > 'ISqu' [1/15/2012])

Do we know how Agnieszka used it?  If {ghantoH} can refer to intangible, non-physical models or patterns as well, then see:

KGT 77f.:  Among the songs sung exclusively to or by children is ... the {Dap bom} (literally, "nonsense song"), which teaches and reinforces Klingon musical patterns, even though the words themselves are, for the most part, meaningless.

KGT 73:  Among the traditional musical forms is what has come to be known as Klingon opera, or {ghe'naQ}. This form of music is stylistically rigorous, following specific patterns both in terms of composition and performance. There are those who vary somewhat from the tight structure, but the traditional style, sometimes called {ghe'naQ nIt} (perhaps grand opera, though literally something like "unsullied opera") is preferred by purists." 

KGT 138:  the characteristic patterns of younger people's speech, if noticed and commented upon, are more likely to be judged sloppy or careless rather than wrong.

pu'jIn  		map; blueprint, plan [i.e. big piece of paper] (n)
velqa' 		replica (n)
jan 			device, model (n)

Segh 			race (type, sort, class) (n)
chovnatlh 		specimen (n)

chenqa'moH 	make again (v)
chov 			assess, evaluate, test (v)
waH 			try out, test, use experimentally (v)
nID 			attempt, try (v)
buv 			classify (v)

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