[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: QemjIq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Mar 16 08:25:30 PDT 2017

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, March 16, 2017
> Klingon word: QemjIq
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: hole
> Source: Agnieszka Solska email to KLI mailing list 
>         containing a list of new words (Jan 26th 2012)

(MO to Agnieszka, 1/02/2012):  "hole" (like a hole in the ground) is {QemjIq}. This can also be used for the hollow in a tree. {qung}, the word for hole in a musical instrument, can't be used for a hole in the ground, but it could be used for a bullet hole or a hole in a shirt (including buttonholes, moth holes, accidental rips, etc.) or a hole in the roof. You can fill ({teb}) a {QemjIq}, but not a {qung}. 

(MO interviewed by Lieven, 11/12/2013):  {qorgh} is to "stop up, to fill a hole". You can stop up a hole, but not fill it in with dirt. That would be {teb}. {qorgh} is to stop up an opening somehow. It's like filling in, and not put stuff inside.

(MO interviewed by Lieven, 10/29/2015):  To use a stapler or hole punch ("perforator, hole punch" {nIqDob}), you {qIp} it or {'uy} it or {ngaH} ("squeeze") it, depending on the device. [...] The hole punch will {ghID} ("pierce, perforate") the paper (or other material). 

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