[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: boD

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Jan 5 07:17:06 PST 2017

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, January 05, 2017
> Klingon word: boD
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: forehead (regional)
> Source: KGT

(KGT 28f.):  The standard word for this prominent part of Klingon anatomy is {Quch}, and this word is found with this meaning throughout the Empire. In addition, however, practically every dialect has its own alternate word for forehead. Indeed, {Quch} is simply the word for forehead in the First City. Among these other forms are: {boD, jargh, mIQ, 'aQlo', Huy'Dung, tuqvol, no''och}. While the first four of these words are simply regionalisms for forehead, the last three can be analyzed, at least partially.
  {Huy'Dung} is probably from {Huy' Dung} ("above the eyebrow[s]"). The word {tuqvol} may contain the word {tuq} ("house [lineage]") because family resemblances can be seen in forehead ridges. The second element, {vol}, however, is otherwise unknown. Similarly, the first syllable of {no''och} may derive from {no'} ("ancestors"), again suggesting something about genealogy. The second syllable, {'och}, probably resembles {'och} ("tunnel") only accidentally; there is no reason to think that "ancestors' tunnel" is a way to say "forehead".

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