[tlhIngan Hol] New word from Maltz: mIrSam "smoking pipe"

André Müller esperantist at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 04:41:19 PDT 2018

I remember a famous poem/cartoon by Wilhelm Busch (famous in Germany) about
a boy named Christian (or Krischan, as it was written in Low German) who
takes his father's pipe and smokes it. The pipe was called a

Apparently the word was also borrowed into English, as "meerschaum" (a soft
white mineral, literally ‘sea foam’) and is indeed used for making pipes.

— André

On Tue, Jul 3, 2018, 12:36 Rhona Fenwick <qeslagh at hotmail.com> wrote:

> A little while ago I was asked to look over someone else's translation
> into Klingon of a story that involved, among other things, the word "pipe"
> - not in the sense of a fluid conduit, but a pipe used for smoking - and
> the Klingon rendition that had been used for the English word was slightly
> ungrammatical as written and a little clunky. However, it reminded me that
> I'd heard something about a possible Klingon rendition of the word way back
> in 2011 at my first qep'a', and so, in my most recent email exchange
> with Marc Okrand, I asked him about the Klingon term for such a pipe. He
> confirmed that "*mIrSam*, for better or worse, is the word for "(smoking)
> pipe."" (email dated 11-05-2018)
> No word on what plant or animal substances a Klingon might smoke in such a
> pipe (certainly on Earth there's a fair range), but that might be a
> question someone can pose at qep'a' or at another time.
> QeS 'utlh
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