[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: wIl

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Oct 9 08:18:40 PDT 2017

Klingon word: wIl

Part of speech: noun

Definition: spike

Source: (email to Qov, 13 august 2012)


(Qov < Okrand, 8/13/2012):   The word for screw is Hut'In vIl, which is, of course, a ridgy Hut'In. Turns out Hut'In is the word for nail. Maltz also volunteered that the word for spike is wIl.


1. William Pratt ("Spike") was a recurring character on the TV series Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

2. Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock music project, founded in 1988.


(KGT 61):  A spike is a DuQwI' and the small spikes on the d'k tahg are usually called DuQwI'Hommey (little spikes).

(KGT 58):  A warrior's glove (pogh), also made of skin, had wide band around the wrist and sharp protrusions at the knuckles. If there was a special name for these protrusions, it is lost; they are now called simply DuQwI'mey (spikes).

(KGT 58):  On the toe of each high boot (DaS), likewise made of animal hide (DIr), was a clawlike spike called a pu'. The word pu' now means phaser, and the newer meaning probably developed from the older spike because of the lightning speed with which one delivered a blow with the sharp pu'. In contemporary Klingon, the spike on the toe of a boot is always called a DaSpu' (boot spike), never pu' alone.

(KGT 67) :  Included in this category is the ghanjaq, often translated as mace, a club with a metal head, sometimes sporting spikes (DuQwI'mey).

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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