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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: yaS wa'DIch

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, August 28, 2015
> Klingon word: yaS wa'DIch
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: first officer (on a ship)

yaS wa'DIch ghaH qImlaq la''e' 
Commander K'mlak is first officer. KGT

Qagh yaS wa'DIch 
The first officer errs. KGT

QaH yaS wa'DIch 
The first officer helps. KGT

KGT 53:  regardless of their official ranks, those closest to the captain of a ship are called {yaS wa'Dich} (first officer) and {yaS cha'Dich} (second officer). Unlike the terms associated with specific duties, however, these may be used as titles as well. It is correct to say both {qImlaq yaS wa'Dich} (First Officer K'mlak) and {yaS wa'DIch ghaH qImlaq la''e'} (Commander K'mlak is first officer).

KGT 183f.:  A ritual of a less majestic sort occurs on a Klingon vessel when a new set of officers takes over and a mission is about to begin. With the bridge crew assembled but the captain not yet present, the first officer states his or her name and then says {DaH yaS wa'DIch vIgheS} ("I now take my place as first officer" or, literally, "Now I assume the responsibilities of first officer"). The first officer then requests the ship's {may' ta} (record of battle), which is presented by a crew member. The first officer reviews it. Soon the captain enters. The first officer says, {beq may' ta vIlajpu'} ("I have accepted the crew's record of battle"), pledges the crew's lives to the captain, and concludes by saying, {juDev 'ej Dujvam ra'wI' DagheS'e' vItlhob" ("I ask you to lead us as commander of this ship" or, literally, "I request that you lead us and that you assume the duties of commander of this ship"). The captain replies, {ghopDu'wIjDaq yInmeyraj vIlaj} ("I accept your lives into my hands") and then reverts to the ancient language form {no' Hol} and says, {Delaq Do'}, meaning something like "Take your stations", a phrase never heard in any other context.

Medical officer Kee'Bhor of the IKC Toh'Kaht was murdered by First Officer Hon'Tihl while under the influence of the Saltah'na energy spheres, just before the ship was destroyed returning from the Gamma Quadrant in 2369. (DS9 "Dramatis Personae")

boQ 		aide (n)
boQDu' 	aide-de-camp (n)
cha'DIch 	aide [during a ceremonial challenge] (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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