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warkah
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« on: 03 10, 2013, 03:19: AM »

I'm writing something on Klingon opera and I wanted to see if I could include a line similar to "Hida Hido" from das Rheingold.

It's a nonsense line in the original Opera, but it's iconic. I found the Klingon word HIja' which I understand to mean "yes" in response to a question. Looking in the lexicon, though, I also see that HI- is a prefix meaning the imperative "you". And ja' is a verb meaning "report/tell".

So is HIja' literally "(you) report" in English?
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« Reply #1 on: 03 11, 2013, 06:33: PM »

I'm writing something on Klingon opera and I wanted to see if I could include a line similar to "Hida Hido" from das Rheingold.

It's a nonsense line in the original Opera, but it's iconic. I found the Klingon word HIja' which I understand to mean "yes" in response to a question. Looking in the lexicon, though, I also see that HI- is a prefix meaning the imperative "you". And ja' is a verb meaning "report/tell".

So is HIja' literally "(you) report" in English?
Yes, HIja' literally means "Tell me!" or "Repot to me!".

If you want to joke it up a bit, you could perhaps try something like HIbe', ghoja'.; a spoonerism of HIja', ghobe'. ("Yes, no.").
Note, however, that gho- is also a verb prefix; ghoja' means "Tell us!".
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« Reply #2 on: 03 11, 2013, 10:01: PM »

Nice, I like that!

I was also toying with "HIja'. HIja' HIghoS." Which should translate as "yes. yes, come here!". Unfortunately, it's hard to get too creative without knowing if you're being grammatically incorrect. Tongue
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