[tlhIngan Hol] qep'a' cha'maH wej mu' chu' - New Words

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 17 06:48:24 PDT 2016

Anthony Appleyard wrote:
>> What does this word "chum" mean as a word by itself?

> {chum} is a verb meaning "be colorful".

[That's my cue...] 

nguv 		be dyed, be stained, be tinted (v)

nguvmoH  	dye, stain, tint (v)
DIj 		use/paint with a pigment stick (v)
ngoH 		smear, paint using fingers (v)

rItlh 	pigment, paint, dye (n)
(KGT 81-82):  Compared to Federation Standard, Klingon terminology associated with colors is rather limited. First of all, there is no noun meaning color. There is, however, a verb, {nguv}, which means something like "be dyed, stained, tinted", though it is seldom used except in the phrase {chay' nguv} ("How is [it] tinted?") or when suffixed with {-moH} ("cause") in the form {nguvmoH} ("dye, tint, stain"; that is, "cause to be dyed," etc.) - for example, {ret'aq nguvmoH} ("He/she stains the knife handle").

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