1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Klingon
  4. >
  5. "nuqDaq 'oH paSloghwIj'e'? Do…

"nuqDaq 'oH paSloghwIj'e'? DojDaq 'oH paSloghlIj'e'."

Translation:Where are my socks? Your socks are on the pile.

June 29, 2018



Could DojDaq also mean in the pile?


That's one of the accepted alternatives.


chatlhoy, nuqDaq 'oHtaH yopwaaaaaaaaHwIj'e'?

Kinda loses something in translation.


What is chatlhoy?


From Klingon for the Galactic Traveler:

A bang pong ["love name"] is formed by attaching -oy, the suffix indicating endearment, to an everyday noun. Most of the resulting terms make very little sense to anyone not in the particular relationship, and none translates well. Some pet terms are based on words for kinds of food, such as chatlhoy (from chatlh [“soup”]) and ’awje’oy (from ’awje’ [“root beer”]). Perhaps these words could be rendered in Federation Standard as “soupy” and “poppy” (from “soda pop”), though neither translation conveys the intimacy and intensity of the Klingon. Other terms consist of words for weapons plus -oy; for example: yanoy (yan, “sword”), HIchoy (HIch, “pistol”), tajoy (taj, “knife”), jorwI’oy (jorwI’, “explosive”). A third type involves body parts, Klingon or otherwise, as in ’uSoy (’uS, “leg”), ’aDoy (’aD, “vein”), plpoy (pIp, “spine”), pachoy (pach, “claw”). Another term based on a body part, Ho’oy (from Ho’ [“tooth”]), is one of the few that makes sense to a non-Klingon if it is remembered that Ho’ is a slang term for “hero, idol.”


Is {paSlogh} one of the nouns that is always an implied plural? Otherwise, shouldn't {bIH} be used instead of. {'oH}?


It appears to be inherently plural, yes. Okrand translates it as socks, not sock.


In addition, there is the word tu'mI' "sock" which is used for a single sock, lending support to the idea that paSlogh is "inherently plural" and thus treated as a singular grammatically.

Learn Klingon in just 5 minutes a day. For free.