[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: pIw

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jun 1 08:49:06 PDT 2018

Klingon word: pIw
Part of speech: noun
Definition: odor
Source: ADD

  pa' 'elDI' Duj 'Iw HIq pIw qagh pIw je lularghlu'chu' 
  The smell of bloodwine and gagh Filled the barge upon entering. PB

(KGT 86):  The verb meaning smell--that is, sense odors-is {largh}. The word for emit a smell is {He'}. This does not necessarily imply a bad smell. Odors are not considered "good" or "bad"; they are just odors. There may be a subjective evaluation of the source of the odor, however. It is a compliment to suggest that someone smells like *rokeg* blood pie not because the smell itself is good, but rather because the food carries with it positive associations. On the other hand, it is most insulting to say that someone smells like rotting *forshak*.


  "It is the scent that first speaks of love." (Worf, TNG "Transfigurations")

  B'Ellana burned some Klingon incense in her quarters.  Janeway commented, "Interesting fragrance. I'm surprised it hasn't set off the environmental alarms." (VOY "Nothing Human")

He'So' 		stink (v)
noSvagh 	deodorant (n) [sometimes used for perfume, incense, etc.]

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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