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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, July 31, 2015
> Klingon word: DeghwI'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: helmsman

  DeghwI' <He chu'>. So'wI' yIchu' 
  [Helmsman... New course! Engage cloaking device. (novel)] ST6

KGT 53:  There are a number of words employed to describe the specific functions performed by officers on a ship, but none of these is used as a title. For example ... the helmsman is the {DeghwI'}.

KGT 149f.:  This expression may be based on {DeghwI'} (helmsman). There is no known verb {Degh}, but if there were such a word, presumably it would mean steer, and {DeghwI'}, then, would be literally "one who steers", formed from {Degh} plus the suffix {-wI'} (one who does [something]). There is a related noun {Degh} (helm), but since {-wI'} follows only verbs, there must have been a verb {Degh} at one time that has fallen out of use, at least in the sense of steer ... in the usual sense of guiding a vessel along a set course or defined path

HQ 11.2:  In general, {'or} ["operate (an aircraft), pilot"] would not be used to refer to the activities of the captain of a spacecraft, or even those of its helmsman, but Maltz said it could be used for the controlling of a shuttlecraft.

chIjwI' 		navigator
'orwI' 		pilot

N.B. Do not confuse the nouns {Degh} "helm" and {Degh} "medal, emblem, symbol, insignia, marking, mark".

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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