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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, February 11, 2015
> Klingon word: ghuS
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: be prepared, ready (to launch)

TKD 36f.:  There is, it should be noted, a verb {ghuS} which means "to be prepared to launch or project (something)". This verb never takes the subject {-rup}. It is used primarily in reference to torpedoes--so much so that if the object is not specifically stated, and context does not dictate otherwise, it is always assumed to be torpedoes. According, both of the following sentences mean "Be prepared to launch torpedoes!" or "Stand by on torpedoes!": {cha yIghuS}, {yIghuS}. The verb {ghuS} can also be used in reference to, among other things, rockets, missiles,and various kinds of energy beams (which, like torpedoes, go from one point to another). It is also used to describe the action of pulling back the elastic band of a slingshot. In most other instances of preparedness, however, {-rup} is required.

KGT 56:  The verb used for launch or fire a weapon of this type is {baH}, and there is even a special word, {ghuS}, meaning "prepare to launch".

KGT 65:  It may have been noticed that some of the terminology associated with spears is identical to that associated with modern weaponry, and certainly the vocabulary of spear-throwing was adapted for the newer technology. ... The verb {ghuS} means both "lower (a spear) to a horizontal position in preparation for throwing" and "prepare to launch (a torpedo)".

cha yIghuS 
[Tactical], stand by on torpedoes! STMP 

cha yIghuS 
Get the torpedoes ready to be fired! TKD

cha yIghuS. So'Ha' 
[Stand by on torpedoes! Uncloak! Untr.)] ST3

cha yIghuS 
Stand by on torpedoes! CK

yISo'Ha'rup, yIghuS
Stand by to de-cloak for firing. ST5

qeq 		practice, train, prepare (v)
'eH 		be ready (v)
ghuH 		prepare for (v)
-beH 		ready, set up (V2 suffix)

peng		torpedo (sg. n.)
cha		torpedo (pl. n.)
jorneb 	warhead (of a torpedo) (n)

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