IPA: sov ]


1. knowledge

word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

This word is probably not countable.


Addendum of The Klingon Dictionary p. 184

2. know
word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
transitivity: This verb can take an object: vay' vISov.


The Klingon Dictionary p. 108

Canon examples

in the sense of "have knowledge of":

qama'pu' DIHoH 'e' luSov.
They know we kill prisoners. (TKD p. 66)

qama'pu' DIHoH net Sov.
One knows we kill prisoners. (TKD p. 66)

Are you sure about that? (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

bISovbejbe'DI' tImer.
When in doubt, surprise them. (TKW p. 25)

in the sense of "be familiar with":

De' Sov qar'a' HoD? / De' Sov HoD qar'a'?
The captain knows the information, right? (TKD p. 179)

naDev vay' DaSov'a'?
Do you know anyone here? (CK)

Daq SovlaHbe'taH qIrq.
Kirk cannot know the location. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

De' lI' Sovlu'DI' chaq Do'Ha'.
Knowledge of useful information may be unfortunate. (secrecy proverb, PK)

Expanded examples

vabDot Sovbe' targhwIj.
Even my targ won't know. (secrecy proverb, qep'a' 2018)

More Information

The English verb "know" can have different meanings, which other languages express using different words: The first is "having knowledge of" (German wissen or French savoir) e.g. "I know that birds fly". The other is "be familiar with" (German kennen or French connaître) e.g. "I know your father".

Canon examples prove that in Klingon, the verb Sov can be used for both definitions. In addition, "to have knowledge of, or be familiar with" was a definition supplied on's "Star Trek: Continuum Klingon Compendium ("Klingon Linguistic Studies"), but it is unlikely that Marc Okrand has provided that information, so this source should not be seen as canon.

The slang word, a verb, is used in such constructions as jIna' [...]. These kinds of meanings may be expressed without using slang by employing such verbs as Honbe' ("not doubt") or Sovbej ("know for certain"). (KGT p. 156)

See also

SovmoH inform

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