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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: De'wI'

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, July 30, 2015
> Klingon word: De'wI'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: computer

Okrand at qepHom 2012 [via De'vID 11/22/2012]:  Maltz said that the primitive computer systems used by Terrans are very different from the superior systems used by Klingons, but there is some overlap. He was going to give this more thought also, but he did say that the closest thing to World Wide Web is {weQmoQnaQ}. [...] I checked with Maltz. He's fuzzy about Terran computer technology and computer terms, but he said that {weQmoQnaQ} is not the same thing as the Internet. He said, if he understands correctly, you can do many more things with the Internet than just dealing with the {weQmoQnaQ}.

Derived from Old Klingon *{De'} "to compute" (Krankor) or "process information" (ghunchu'wI')?

KGT 101f.:  When taking a table's order, the {jabwI'} neither writes anything down nor enters data into a computer.

KGT 71:  The word used for compose is {qon}. This verb also means record and is used whether the recording is by hand ... in a medium suitable for a computer, or any other form.

KGT 79:  By extension, the term {raQ} is also used when referring to controlling a space vessel "manually" (that is, when the controls are manipulated directly by a person rather than a computer)

"Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them... I simply maintain that computers are more efficient than human beings, not better." (Spock, TOS "The Ultimate Computer")

De'wI' pat  		computer system  (KBoP)
De'wI' Qulpa'  		computer research lab (KBoP)
De'wI' SoSbor'a'  	main computer core (KBoP)
Qum De'wI' 		communications computer (KBoP)
ya De'wI' 			tactical computer (KBoP)

There's a list of computer terms on WikiPedia: 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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