S 'ang
zaf ] / [ zaf ]
Klingon letters:

show, reveal

word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
transitive verb: vay' vI'ang. = I show, reveal something.


The Klingon Dictionary p. 115

Canon examples

quv Hutlh HoHbogh tlhIngan 'ach qabDaj 'angbe'bogh.
A Klingon who kills without showing his face has no honor. (TKW p. 59)

'ang'eghQo' quv Hutlhbogh jagh neH ghobtaHvIS ghaH.
Only an enemy without honor refuses to show himself in battle. (TKW p. 61)

tIqwIj Sa'angnIS.
I must show you my heart. (TKW p. 203)
from the Age of Ascension Ritual seen in TNG "The Icarus Factor".

ro'lIj HI'ang.
Show me your fist! (KGT p. 195)

More Information

"Show me your fist" is an idiomatic expression used to challenge someone to take action in a manner consistent with something he or she has just said. Substituting "torso" for "fist" by mispronouncing ro' as ro would produce a phrase that would be interpreted only literally. Ordering a Klingon to reveal his or her torso is probably not a good idea.

(KGT p. 195)

To say "X means Y" (where X is a word and Y is its meaning or definition or gloss), use ghaS, sometimes along with mu'†for clarity: Y ghaS X (mu').

A colloquial (or perhaps slang) way of expressing the definition of a word within the same language – not when translating – is to use 'ang instead of ghaS: Y 'ang X (mu').

X could, of course, be a phrase. If so, it can be followed by either mu'†or mu'mey, more frequently the former.

(qep'a' 2022)

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