Newsgroup message of September 1, 1997

Subject: Re: family names


Instructions on how to introduce yourself and tell somebody what family or house you come from.


Newsgroup: Microsoft Network expert forum
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 1997 13:15:40 -0700


Deborah wrote:

> Dr. Okrand,
> I would like to know the proper way to express a Klingon's name using the
> name of his house. For example, I have created a character named qeylor
> whose father is named qeylIn. They are from the House of Molor. What
> are the proper ways for qeylor to identify himself? If I were using
> English, I would have him say, "I am Kahlor from the House of Molor." I
> can also imagine that if spoken to in a formal manner, he might be
> addressed as "Kahlor, son of Kahlin, from the House of Molor." Does this
> simply become qeylor, qeylIn puqloD, molor tuq? What does Maltz say?

According to Maltz, there are at least a couple of ways to identify a Klingon's house (or tuq).

One way is the way you suggested. To say Kahlor of the House of Molor (or, if you prefer, Kahlor from the House of Molor), you'd say simply Kahlor, House of Molor:

qeylor molor tuq

If you want to be even more formal, the name of the father may be used as well – again, as you suggested. Kahlor, son of Kahlin, of the House of Molor is Kahlor, son of Kahlin, House of Molor:

qeylor qeylIn puqloD molor tuq

The other way is actually more formal and a bit formulaic. To say Kahlor is of the House of Molor (or Kahlor is from the House of Molor), you could say:

tay' qeylor molor tuq je

This is literally Kahlor and the House of Molor are together (tay' be together, je and). The construction is no doubt based on the Klingon proverb One is always of his tribe (literally, a person and his house are always together):

reH tay' ghot tuqDaj je
(reH always, ghot person, tuqDaj his/her house)

If Kahlor is speaking, he could say, I am of the House of Molor:

matay' jIH molor tuq je

Or if one were speaking to Kahlor, one could say, You are of the House of Molor:

Sutay' SoH molor tuq je

Literally, these are The House of Molor and I are together (matay' we are together, jIH I, molor tuq House of Molor, je and), The House of Molor and you are together (Sutay' you [plural] are together, SoH you). The independent pronouns (jIH I and SoH you in the examples above) are always used in this construction.

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