[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: may' Sut

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Sep 14 07:40:59 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, September 14, 2016
> Klingon word: may' Sut
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: body armor (battle clothing)
> Source: qepHom 2015 p.14

(qepHom 2015 p.14):  Maltz just said {SIryoD} is "body armor". He said he thought about other words too, he mentioned {may' Sut}, but he liked that {SIryoD} better. He said {SIryoD} is an old word.

(KGT 57):  A warrior's full set of armor, including weapons and clothing, is his {may'luch} (literally, "battle gear"). Traditional clothing worn in battle, known as {Hip}, the word currently used to mean uniform, had both a protective function and a more utilitarian one, since it was from the clothing that weapons ({nuHmey}) or ammunition ({nIch}) could be hung.

(KGT 58):  old armor included headgear of some kind apparently called a {mIv}, which, in modern Klingon, means helmet. The word also survives in the word {mIv'a'} (crown; literally, "big helmet" or "great helmet")

Note the use of {yIr} "gather (something)" for gathering one's armor and weapons before a battle:

  nuHmeyDaj may'luchDaj nIv je yIr qeylIS 
  Kahless gathered his weapons and his finest suit of armor. PB

QanwI'  	guard (KBoP) [i.e. piece of protective armor plating]

tlhIngan ghantoH pIn'a'
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