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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 31 10:05:41 PST 2018

It's off-topic, but in light of today's WOTD, I couldn't resist sharing an article I just read:


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From: tlhIngan-Hol [mailto:tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org] On Behalf Of Felix Malmenbeck

Based on the pun ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apus_(genus) ) and description, I wonder if this might be an animal with the carnivorous diet of a hawk, but capable of executing sharp turns and catching other birds in midair as a swift does insects.

The mental imagery is quite intense.

From: Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu>

Klingon word: 'apuStoQ
Part of speech: noun
Definition: hawk-like bird that flies particularly fast
Source: Email from Okrand (see notes)

(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.

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 Prey, which were also referred to in the episode.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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