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Klingon: "quaHom"?

In this movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNLnN8wLkg4 @00:01:30 the Klingon says: 'you're as week as a "quaHom" and there's no honor in killing a "quaHom" '. But what is "quaHom" ? From the context that word obviously names something weak, and it has the diminutive suffix -Hom, but I can't find that word in the Klingon dictionary. Could some one please help? Thanks.

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April 7, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

I'm sure it was meant to be Qa'Hom and the actor just screwed up the pronuncition. Many uncoached English speakers add a "u" sound after "q", because in English we never use "q" without a following "u". In Klingon you can never have two vowels in a row, so "qua" cannot be Klingon. Qa'Hom is defined in Klingon for the Galactic Traveler as "type of animal (similar to a Qa', but smaller)".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlyongemallo

Indeed, it's meant to be Qa'Hom.

Robert O'Reilly, who plays Gowron, pronounces the same word much better in this video, where it's the only thing he says: https://youtu.be/SIpF7Zak6CY


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CeoDruidechta

He still doesn't actually get the word right, though, does he? It sounds to me like he mispronounced the "H".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlyongemallo

I said he pronounced it better, not that he pronounced it correctly. :-)


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    What's the difference between "Qa'Hom" and "quaHom"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlyongemallo

    The former is a word, and the latter isn't, in Klingon. There's a video of the actor who plays Gowron mispronouncing Qa'Hom so that it sounds like "quaHom", but that's a mistake.

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