[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'och mutlhwI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Oct 20 07:57:01 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, October 20, 2016
> Klingon word: 'och mutlhwI'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: plumber
> Source: Marc Okrand, Email 01/09/2012

(MO to Lieven, 1/09/2012):  Regarding plumber - It turns out there is a special word for water pipe (not what you use for smoking - the kind that carries water from place to place): {qatlhDa'}. Though one could say {qatlhDa' mutlhwI'} and be understood, the normal way to refer to someone putting in pipes (for water or anything else) is {'och mutlhwI'}.

(MO to Lieven, 1/09/2012):  Words for bricklayer, roof maker, plumber, and so on are all based on the verb {mutlh}, meaning "construct, assemble, put together". Someone who does this, then, is a {mutlhwI'}. [...] The idea is that a {mutlhwI'} puts things together. So a {ngogh mutlhwI'} is not (necessarily) someone who makes bricks, but someone who takes bricks that are already made and assembles them into something (such as a building). Similarly, a {beb mutlhwI'} doesn't make the roof, but, rather, lays out the shingles or planks or stones or whatever the roof is made out of. [...] Someone who repairs any of these things (who may or may not be the same person who installed/assembled them) is a {tI'wI'} ({tI'} "repair"). Most {mutlhwI'pu'} are also {tI'wI'pu'} - but you'd be advised to check with them first.

ngogh mutlhwI' 		bricklayer
beb mutlhwI' 		roofer
majyang mutlhwI' 	tiler
'ul pat mutlhwI' 	electrician

jonwI' 			engineer
chamwI' 			technician

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

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