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"bIH tI'IjQo'!"

Translation:Don't listen to them!

May 8, 2018



If the "them" are speaking, and that is what you should not be listening to; you want {chaH}, not {bIH}.



I suppose the bIH here are stories or rumours, which are things that can't speak.


If I were making up a story to go with this sentence, I would be telling people not to listen to distracting sounds. bom/qoq/bo'Degh/targh/Duj tI'IjQo'. Qu'raj yIbuS!

There are many things other than people that one can listen to.

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    This raises the question, do some Klingons use bIH for humans and other races that don’t speak Klingon, even though, nominally, Class 1 is for all language-users. e.g. calling humans “tera’nganmey”.

    On another note, I wonder if some Klingons refer to slaves using Class 2.

    There’s a lot of room for cultural interpretation in this language. :D


    Klingons tend to be more scientific than political regarding grammar. Though humans may have trouble with Klingon, they clearly fully use language and qualify for that class. However, I won't go so far as to say that no Klingon ever used the wrong class in order to try to imply something through intentional misuse of the language.


    This course states that robots would be bIH, since we are taught that qoqmey is correct rather than qoqpu'. Which does seem pretty political. Especially after watching Star Trek: Picard.


    Computers are fancy machines capable of imitating speech. I think trying to say they are beings capable of speech would be the more political view. The Klingons seem to think it's less political, but the Federation sure seems to treat it like a big deal. No wonder the alliances keep falling through.

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