[tlhIngan-Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ghIgh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jun 8 07:26:32 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, June 08, 2016
> Klingon word: ghIgh
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: necklace

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

Note the slang noun {ghIgh} "assignment, task, duty":

KGT 150f.:  As this word literally means "necklace", perhaps the slang usage is based on the old practice of identifying one's position within a military unit-for example, one's assignment on a ship-by means of a symbol hung on a chain worn around the neck. On the other hand, it may be based on the idea that assignment to a specific task holds one in that position as if by means of a line around the neck. The usual nonslang word for "assignment, mission" is {Qu'}.

(ST Enc. 269)  The leader of Troyius gave Elaan, the Dohlman of Elas, a necklace of radans as a wedding present in 2268. Chemically, radans were raw dilithium crystals, and made Troyius a planet of great strategic significance. Elaan's necklace served as a source of emergency crystals for the Starship Enterprise when that ship was under attack by a Klingon vessel that ironically sought to guarantee a supply of radans from Troyius. (cf. TOS "Elaan of Troyius") 

jInaq		jinaq [necklace] (amulet symbolizing a girl's coming of age)
mIr 		chain

Hugh  	throat
mong  	neck 
mongDech 	collar

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

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