S neH
neh ] / [ neh ]
Klingon letters:
neh
Handwritten:
neh

1. want

word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
transitive verb: vay' vIneH. = I want something.

Source

The Klingon Dictionary p. 96

Canon examples

ja'chuqmeH rojHom neH jaghla'.
The enemy commander wishes a truce (in order) to confer. (TKD p. 64)

2. only, merely, just
word type: adverbial, TKD chapter 5.4.

Source

The Klingon Dictionary p. 56, 96

Canon examples

Following a verb:
qama' vIqIppu' neH
I merely hit the prisoner. (TKD p. 56)

Duj yIQotlh neH
Just disable the ship! (TKD p. 56)

yIQeqQo' neH. DoS yIqIp.
Don't just aim; hit the target! (TKW p. 191)

Following a noun:
not qoHpu''e' neH ghIjlu'.
Only fools have no fear. (TKW p. 105)

wa' DoS neH yIbuS
Focus on but one target. (TKW p. 81)

matHa', DoS jonta' neH.
Gunner, target: engine only.
(Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; verb omitted but implied)

More Information

  Regarding definition #2 – only, merely, just:
The adverbial neH is unique in that it follows the verb and has the effect of minimizing or trivializing the event.

qama' vIqIppu' neH.
I merely hit the prisoner.

neH is the only adverbial can follow a noun, where it means only, alone:

yaS neH yIqIp
Hit only the officer!

It is fine to use neH in combination with an imperative prefix.

The double meaning of this word might be related to the fact that the meaning of an entire sentence was changed due to incorrect subtitles in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. See ➞ Unintentional vocabulary for further details.

Backwards

Hen be experienced

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Latest edit: 18 Oct 2021, by KlingonTeacher
Created: 08 Sep 2019, by KlingonTeacher

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