[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: DIron

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 8 07:22:31 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, August 07, 2016
> Klingon word: DIron
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: bagpipes (instrument)

(KGT 75-76):  A third category of Klingon instrument is the {SuSDeq}, the windbag or bellows type. A {SuSDeq} has a flexible bag, usually made of animal skin, which is alternately filled with and emptied of air. This air passes over strips of various materials ({joQmey}), which vibrate as the air goes by, producing the musical tones. For one form of {SusDeq}, the {may'ron}, the player stretches the bag out to fill it with air and squeezes it together to empty it while directing the flow of air by pressing buttons mounted on boards on either end of the bag, much like an accordion. To finger the {may'ron} - that is, to push the buttons - is to {Heng}... To alternately squeeze and stretch out the bag part of the {may'ron} is to {rey}. Another type of {SuSDeq}, the {DIron}, resembles and is played much like bagpipes. The verb that means squeeze the bag part of the {DIron}, usually with the elbow, is {qeb}.

chu' 		play an instrument (v)
ngaH 		squeeze (an object) (v)
qoch 		squeeze into (a space) (v)
tap 		mash, squash (v)

buq 		pouch, bag, sack (n)
DeSqIv  	elbow (n)
DIr  		skin, hide (n)
leQ  		switch, button (n)

PUN: "drone"! 
"What's the 'background noise' made by bagpipes called? What is the name of the part of the bagpipes that makes that noise? Ouch." (ghunchu'wI')

tlhIngan ghantoH pIn'a'
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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