[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: DaSpu'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Jun 30 08:48:31 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, June 30, 2016
> Klingon word: DaSpu'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: boot spike

(KGT 58):  On the toe of each high boot ({DaS}), likewise made of animal hide ({DIr}), was a clawlike spike called a {pu'}. The word {pu'} now means {phaser}, and the newer meaning probably developed from the older spike because of the lightning speed with which one delivered a blow with the sharp {pu'}. In contemporary Klingon, the spike on the toe of a boot is always called a {DaSpu'} (boot spike), never {pu'} alone.

Worf had a large bump on the top of each foot near the little toe (TNG "Ethics").  Was the {DaSpu'} originally to protect this part of the foot?

DuQwI' 		spike (n)
pach  		claw, talon (n)

DaS  			boot (n)
waq 			shoe (n)
paSlogh 		socks (n)
va'nuch 		heel (n)

jej  			be sharp (v)

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

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