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

Steven Boozer (

> > Klingon word: Dor
> > Part of speech: verb
> > Definition: end
> > Source: HQ:v12n2p8
> HQ 12.2:  Generally, one expresses the end of a stretch of time by using a
> verb rather than a noun. That is, one says "when the month ends" rather
> than "at the end of the month". The verb for this kind of end is {Dor}.
> For example: {DorDI' jar mejpu'} "At the end of the month, he/she left."
> (Literally, this sentence means "When the month ended, he/she left.") ...
> When an event over which one has some control ends (one can't cause a
> month to end), a different verb is used: {van}. This would apply to such
> things as voyages, battles, plays, operas, stories, and songs. Here, the
> event (the voyage, the song) doesn't end; the participant in the event or
> the perpetrator of the event ends it. ... Another verb, {ghang}, is used
> to express the idea of a premature ending. ... Note that the voyage and
> the song cannot end themselves. Someone has to end them.

A little more WRT beginnings and endings - some nouns this time - from the HolQeD article:

HQ 12.2:  There is a difference between the end of the performance of a song or opera or play, indicated by  making use of the verbs {van} and {ghang}, and the ending, or final portion, of a song or opera or play itself. For an opera, play, story, speech, and so on, the final portion is its {bertlham}. This word usually refers to the last aria or other musical portion in an opera, last speech in a play, last sentence or so of a story or an address. The {bertlham} of a well-known work is often well-known itself, as is its beginning ({bI'reS}). For a song-but only for a song-the final portion is its {'o'megh}. Parallel to {bertlham}, {'o'megh} is the final phrase or so of the song, one that brings the song to a definite conclusion. All songs have endings ({'o'meghmey}), some more elaborate or stirring than others ... that portion of the song that comes at the beginning-a portion that is often so familiar that listeners know what song it is after hearing just that short portion-is the {namtun}.

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