[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tlhIm

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Oct 7 07:55:16 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, October 07, 2016
> Klingon word: tlhIm
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: carpet, rug, blanket, fabric wall hanging
> Source: Marc Okrand, Email 01/09/2012

  rav vel tlhIm 
  the carpet covers the floor (email, 1/09/2012)

  rav velmeH tlhIm lo' 
  lay a carpet (email, 1/09/2012)

(MO email to Lieven, 1/09/2012):  A carpet or a rug is {tlhIm}.  When you lay a carpet, you don't use the verb {mutlh}; the appropriate verb is {vel} ("cover, coat, mask").  One can say {rav vel tlhIm} ("the carpet covers the floor"). To say "lay a carpet," one says "use a carpet to cover the floor," or {rav velmeH tlhIm lo'}.  The person who lays the carpet is a {velwI'} (literally "coverer, coater, masker").  You might think that the {velwI'} is the carpet itself.  That would make sense, but it doesn't work that way.  Maltz commented that Klingon rugs are primarily decorative.  The idea of a fabric floor covering being thick or soft was just bizarre to him.  If you did say {tlhIm mutlh} ("he/she assembled a carpet"), that would mean there were pieces of fabric (or squares of carpet?) that got put together (sewn together?) to make a carpet or rug.  {tlhIm} is commonly used for a fabric wall hanging (that might, for example, have a picture of the Klingon emblem on it).  If a piece of cloth is displayed at the end of a pole, it is considered a {joqwI'} ("flag"); a {tlhIm} covers some sort of surface. 
Finally, {tlhIm} can also mean "blanket." Maltz said that Klingons generally don't use blankets (he certainly doesn't), but he's seen them and, if you have to call them something, {tlhIm} is it." 

(st.k 3/23/1998):  Thus {DIrmey} "skins" and {veDDIrmey} "pelts" are not (or, perhaps better, are no longer) body parts, but rather are materials from which things (clothing or blankets, for example) may be made.

no' DIr 		ancestor hanging (n)
joqwI' 		flag, banner (n)

HuS 			hang (v)
mutlh  		construct, assemble, put together (v)
jom 			install (a device), equip (v)

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