[tlhIngan Hol] "Swifthawk" and "Cuddle Dungeon"

Felix Malmenbeck felixm at kth.se
Tue Jan 9 16:21:24 PST 2018

Always nice to have more animals; makes for good similes :)

This comment also serves as quite explicit confirmation that the word «toQ» refers to a *type* of bird-of-prey, not just any bird of prey.
Of course, we still don't know how broad this type is; it could be a species, a genus, a family or even a polyphyletic group defined by shared characteristics, rather than heredity.

From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> on behalf of qurgh lungqIj <qurgh at wizage.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:25:57 AM
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Subject: [tlhIngan Hol] "Swifthawk" and "Cuddle Dungeon"

A fellow Klingon Assault Group member, Jaymz Smith of the IKV Swifthawk, shared to our member forum this email he received from Dr. Okrand:


Jaymz -

Sorry to have been sluggish in getting back to you. I ended up doing a lot of traveling last year (after my visit to Vulcan) - several US cities and a couple trips to Europe (most of the traveling was related to Klingon somehow). Things didn't calm down until after the holidays.


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.

A Klingon way to say "dungeon" is wutlh pa'. This is literally "underground room." There's no word for "cuddle," but yachchuq gets us kind of close. The verb yach means "pet" or "stroke" (like petting a dog), and yachchuq means "pet each other" or something like that. yachchuqmeH means "for the purpose of petting each other." So yachchuqmeH wutlh pa' is "underground room for petting one another" - that is, "cuddling dungeon."

If I've misunderstood what you mean by "cuddling dungeon," let me know.

In the meantime, I hope everything is going well for you, and all the best for the New Year.

- Marc

Thank you again Marc Okrand


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