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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Dec 17 07:31:14 PST 2018

Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, December 15, 2018

Klingon word: nanwI'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: chisel
Source: HQ:v10n2p10

(KGT 79):  Statues are carved of stone ({nagh}, rock, stone) by various techniques. Thus, among other things, the sculptor ({Hew chenmoHwI'} [literally, "statue creator") may {nan} (gouge), {tey} (scrape), or {ghItlh} (engrave). To apply these techniques, specialized tools are employed: the {nanwI'} (chisel; literally, "gouger"), {teywI'} (file; literally, {scraper"), and {ghItlhwI'} (stylus)."

(KGT 80):  In addition to the specialized tools, any blade ({'etlh}), even if designed for other purposes, may be used as a sculpting tool. Kahless himself is said to have used his bat'leth, the original "Sword of Honor," to carve a statue for the woman he loved, presumably Lukara.

(HQ 10.2:11):  The verbs {nan} "use the fourth toe" and {nan} "gouge" are probably etymologically related, since nan is used to refer to a particularly effective martial arts kick.

mupwI' 	hammer (n)
nanwI'  	fourth toe (n)

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