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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Feb 28 08:15:08 PST 2017

> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
> Klingon word: chu'
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: play (a musical instrument)
> Source: TKD 

(KGT 74):  There are special words used to describe the various techniques employed in playing specific instruments, but the general term for play a musical instrument is {chu'}, which, when applied to technologically advanced devices, including weapons, means activate. Indeed, out of context, {jan chu'} could mean either "activate the device" or "play the instrument", which may be why {QoQ jan} ("musical instrument") is seldom shortened to simply {jan}. When the context is clearly musical, a player--that is, one who plays a musical instrument--is a {chu'wI'}, though more specific terminology may also be used, depending on the instrument being played.

(HQ 10.2:8):  The 'finger verbs' are used when talking about specific ways of using a particular device (weapon, computer control panel, even musical instrument)

N.B. Don't confuse with {reH} "play (in general)" or {Quj} "play (a game)".

much 			perform (music]

Heng 			finger (holes, strings) to vary sound
pang 			pluck (strings)
qeb 			queeze (windbag)
rey 			squeeze and stretch out (windbag)
SuS 			blow (horn, pipe)
tlhaw' 		hit with fist (drum)

tlhIngan ghantoH pIn'a'
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