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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, September 15, 2015
> Klingon word: cho'
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: succeed (to authority)

  maQ 'oH HemHa'choH 'ej cho'choH moratlh 
  The signal for Morath to lose his pride and claim a throne. PB

gheS 			assume duties of, take on responsibilities (v)
Sugh 			install [in office] (v)
Son 			relieve (v)
num 			promote (v)
lu 			fall from power (v)
moj 			become (v)
Da 			behave as, act in the manner of (v)
ngoy' 		be responsible (v)

cho'  		succession (n)
nubwI' 		predecessor (n)
woQ 			authority, political power (n)
ngup 			authority, power, one in authority, one in charge (slang) (n)

cho' 'oDwI'  	Arbiter of Succession (n)

  yejquv DevwI' moj ghawran 'e' wuqta' cho' 'oDwI' Dapu'bogh
   janluq pIqarD HoD. 
  Gowron... named leader of the High Council by Captain Jean-Luc
   Picard, who was acting as Arbiter of Succession. S25

  A traditional role Captain Picard filled at the dying Klingon leader, K'mpec's, request. It came during a time when no Klingon could be trusted, during the dubious intrigue of the Duras-Gowron battle for power, circa stardate 44247, which itself nearly plunged the Klingons into the heart of a civil war. On stardate 44996.8, Duras was killed by Lieutenant Worf. Picard, in his role as Arbiter of Succession, then fulfilled his duty by reporting his findings to the Klingon High Council. Despite protestations, Picard told Gowron that his arbiter role did not include stepping deeper into the coming Klingon civil war to support him. (TNG "Reunion")
   The {SonchIy} (*Sonchi*) is a special death ritual confirming the death of a leader as part of the Rite of Succession to leadership of the High Council: the challengers (and the Arbiter of Succession?) confront the corpse and issue the ritual ({no' Hol}) challenge *Qab jIH nagil* "Face me if you dare" before poking it with a painstik. If there is no reaction, the Arbiter(?) replies, {SonchIy} (*Sonchi*, [lit. "He is dead" [STE]).  The Arbiter then listens to the qualifications of the claimants - formerly using the outmoded and long-winded {ja'chuq} - and chooses one as the new Leader of the High Council. (TNG "Reunion")

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