Sunday, October 01, 2006

zha riest'n, Mr. Ford!


The Final Reflection

(click for podcast)

by John M. Ford



Ah - I had to re-read this this week, for you see, John M. Ford, passed away this week. A fine writer and highly regarded by friends and readers - if you've not read his books - do it today! This is an example - maybe the best - of what a great writer can do with Star Trek.

In this he created a fascinating view of the Klingons - AND provides us with the first written Klingon dialect! Don't miss it!


What a great writer! Thank you, Mike!
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/008033.html

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/John_M._Ford

http://www.khemorex-klinzhai.de/Hol/klingonaase.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20050213044240/http://www.pinette.net/chris/startrek/klinaase.html

Here's a table of Klingonaase as revealed in "The Final Reflection"























































KlingonaaseFederation Standard
Kahlesste kaase!
Kahless' hand,'' an oath referring to the story of the Emperor
Kahless, who died with his hand tied to the controls of his ship
in a battle against Romulans.[k]
Klingon
Klingon. Noun only, I think.[k]
Klinzhai
The Klingon homeworld -- not called 'Klingon'![k]
epetai-zana
Honored and exalted one.[k]
fedegonaase
UFP standard language, whatever that is.[k]
federazhon
The United Federation of Planets.[k]
g'daya
to ''damned,'' but probably stronger.(swearing)[k]
g'dayt
Undefined adjectives (gerunds?), roughly equivalent (swearing)[k]
gagny
Damned.(swearing)[k]
hum zha
The Human game, chess.[k]
humanai kuvest'
Either ''human slave'' or ''slave of the humans.''[k]
kaase
Hand.[k]
kai kassai
The same, emphasized. ''Kai kassai, Klingon!''[k]
kai
Hail, or ''long live''. Used often, as ''Kai ''.[k]
kherx
A screw-up.(swearing)[k]
khest
To screw up.(swearing)[k]
khest'n
roughly equal to ''damned.''(swearing)[k]
khest't
roughly equal to ''damned.''(swearing)[k]
khesterex thath
Screwed up situation.(swearing)[k]
khesterex
Literally, ''the structure which dies.''[k]
kleon
Enemy, or opponent. Same, to a Klingon.[k]
klin zha kinta
The Klingon game with living pieces.[k]
klin zha
The Klingon game (in several variations).[k]
klin
That which is Klingon. One can be 'full of klin,' i.e., a worthy
Klingon.[k]
klingonaase
The Klingonese language.[k]
komerex Klingon
The Klingon Empire.[k]
komerex tel khesterex
This was an interjection, probably ''grow or die.''[k]
komerex zha
See 'zha' below.[k]
komerex zha
The perpetual game -- life. See 'komerex' above.[k]
komerex
Literally, ''the structure which grows.'' Overtones of ''path,''
or even ''Tao.''[k]
kuve
Servitor; alternative translation is slave.[k]
kuvekhestat
Worthless slave(s). See 'khest' above.[k]
kuveleta
Half-slave; an insult. Klingons mix races freely, but have cultural
prejudices against some.[k]
kuvesa tokhesa
I serve willingly.''[k]
nal
Negating word -- as, ''Nal komerex, khesterex.''[k]
parkhest
Damn!(swearing)[k]
rom zha
The Romulan game, latrunculo.[k]
sa tel'ren
Two out of three. One can't assume sa=2 and ren=3.[k]
straave, straav'
Slave.[k]
tai
Worthy, honored.[k]
tai-kleon
Worthy opponent. See 'kleon' above.[k]
teskas tal'tai-kleon
Compliments to a worthy opponent.[k]
teskas
Compliments, praise.[k]
tharavul
Vulcan servitor, lobotomized to remove the Vulcan's telepathic powers.
This is done voluntarily.[k]
tharkuve
Deaf slave, unable to overhear secret conferences.[k]
tokhe straav'
Willing slave. Just about the worst insult one can call a Klingon.[k]
tokhe
Willing. See 'straave' and 'kuve' above.[k]
tokhest'
From context, ''if he is willing or not.'' Your guess is as good
as mine how much of that is in the -st', and how much is implied.[k]
vird'dakaase
Disruptor. Literally, ''shake-till-falls-apart tool.'' Note the
-aase (or -kaase) suffix.[k]
zan
Neutral title of respect; roughly equal to Mister.[k]
zha riest'n
It was a] pleasant game.[k]
zha
Game.[k]




Music Escape from Quorran III, Revelations Soundtrack by Chris Bouchard

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