[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: leSpal

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Sep 19 06:36:12 PDT 2016

> Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, September 17, 2016
> Klingon word: leSpal
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: type of stringed instrument

(KGT 76):  The word {HurDagh} refers to any of these stringed instruments, of which there are several different types, the most commonly found being the relatively small {Supghew}. The midsize {leSpal} is fairly widely used, while the large {tIngDagh} is rarely heard except in conjunction with the performance of an opera.

One of these stringed instruments was seen being played by the Klingon Chef in DS9 "Melora."

(KGT 76):  Each string is a {SIrgh}, a word also used for any thread or filament... To produce music, one may either pluck ({pang}) or strum ({yach}, which also means stroke or pet) the strings. The tone produced is varied by touching the string or strings at various points while plucking or strumming. The verb used for this, perhaps translatable as "to finger", is the same as the one used for wind instruments: {Heng}.

chu' 		play an instrument (v)

Les Paul (1915-2009) developed the solid-body electric guitar; the Gibson Les Paul is one of the most famous and popular guitars for blues, jazz, rock.

tlhIngan ghantoH pIn'a'
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