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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Feb 5 06:57:18 PST 2018

Klingon word: mIvwa'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: scar (result of a wound, regardless of how the wound occurred)
Source: qep'a' 24 [2017]

Non-canon use in Discovery:

  lIr'el, Du'arghHa'moH mIvwa'. 
  The scar is an improvement, L'Rell. (DSC "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")

taq 		be scarred (v)
taqmoH 	scar (v)

roptoj  		scar (result of some sort of disease, infection, etc.) (n)
SanDIy  	scar (result of a wound received in the course of fighting/battling) (n)

Difference explained on https://www.kli.org/activities/qepmey/qepa-chamah-losdich/qepa-chamah-losdich-new-words/ :

   So if you have a scar that you got in a fight, that could be either a {mIvwa'}
   or a {SanDIy}. If you don't know whether someone's scar resulted from a
   wound or a disease, it's probably safest to go with {mIvwa'}. If the person's
   scar is actually a {SanDIy}, he/she will, under most circumstances, clarify
   this for you. If it's a {roptoj}, he/she may let the 'misdiagnosis' slide since,
   as we all know, {ropchoHbe' tlhInganpu'.} 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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