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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 31 08:21:14 PST 2018


Klingon word: 'apuStoQ
Part of speech: noun
Definition: hawk-like bird that flies particularly fast
Source: Email from Okrand (see notes)
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(qurgh (1/09/2019) < Jaymz of the [KAG] IKV Swifthawk < MO):  For "Swifthawk", I'd go with {'apuStoQ}. This is a new word (mostly). The {toQ} part means a particular kind of Klingon bird of prey (a bird, not a space vessel - the Klingon Bird of Prey ship is {toQDuj}). The {'apuStoQ} is a bird of prey, a hawk-like bird, that flies particularly fast.

(Bill Willmerdinger [4/07/1997]):  When I met Okrand at BabelCon in April, we "purchased" him at the slave auction. His "official" duty was to clarify one word: {toQDuj} "bird of prey (type of ship)". According to Marc, a {toQ} is an avian predator on the Homeworld whose closest Terran analog would be a bird of prey. When I told him I had theorized that {toQ} might mean scout (since that's what a BoP is) he said no, it's definitely an animal from Qo'noS ... a Klingon avian analogous to a Terran bird of prey. {toQ} does not literally mean bird of prey, it's merely one type of creature which exhibits characteristics similar to that grouping of Terran birds.

SEE ALSO:
qISa'ruj 	Raptor (ship class) (MKE)

The "Somraw" was a Raptor-class scout ship with a crew of 12 rescued from the atmosphere of a gas giant by the Enterprise in 2151.  (ENT "Sleeping Targs").  N.B. this is not the same as a Bird of P

--
Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

rey, which were also referred to in the episode. 



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