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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, June 19, 2015
> Klingon word: 'uQ'a'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: banquet, feast

KGT 100:  Unless one is dining alone, a meal is typically quite noisy, with a great deal of talking (and often singing) accompanying the clattering of plates and bowls. This is particularly true of a {'uQ'a'} (banquet, feast; literally, "great dinner" or "big dinner", but used regardless of the time of day of the banquet).

KGT 77:  At any social gathering, in addition to eating and drinking, there is no question that there will also be singing.

st.k (11/05/99):  The idiom might be used when talking about a feast that had taken place a few nights ago. If a guest arrived late - after the eating had already begun - one might say something like:  {tagha' pawpu' meb 'ach pumDI' Heghpu' qagh} or: {tagha' pawpu' meb 'ach pumDI' 'etlh Heghpu' qagh} "The guest finally arrived, but by then the gagh had died"." 

'uQ  			dinner (n)
yupma' 		festival (n)
lop 			celebration (n)
lopno' 		party, celebration (n)
qoS 			birthday (n)

There's a verse mentioning {'uQ'a'} from the paq'batlh (can anyone verify the text and supply the translation?):

	'uQ'a' luSop neghwI' 'e' vIchaw' [sic?]
	   chaHvaD 'Iw HIq vInob
  	   vaj tlhutlhtaH 'e' luSIQlaHbe'
	ghIq po veb
	   may' ngajHa'moH
	   SuvwI'wI' ghobrupchu'be'ghach

This is from {paq'raD}, Canto 15: {vaq molor}.  (Context:  Molor is telling Kahless that his forces are so pathetic, he's going to inebriate his own just to make sure the battle doesn't end too quickly.)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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