[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: wIy

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Nov 16 07:24:26 PST 2018

Klingon word: wIy
Part of speech: noun
Definition: tactical display
Source: TKD

This was one of the eleven original Klingon words created by James Doohan and Jon Povill, spoken by Mark Lenard (through a set of prosthetic teeth) in the opening scene of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" which Marc Okrand subsequently used as the basis for tlhIngan Hol.

  wIy yIcha' 
  Show the tactical display!  (TKD/KCD)

  wIy cha'!
  Display tactical! (STMP/TKD (clipped))

  tlhIngan wIy 
  Klingon Tactical Display  (SP3 title)

The card goes on to say:

  motlh ray' luSamlaHmeH De' Qatlh cha' tlhIngan Duj jIH'a' 
  The main viewer on a Klingon ship is usually overlaid with a 
    complex target acquisition grid.  (SP3)

(Lieven, on Facebook, 1 Dec 2010):  Finally, someone last year asked for the word for picture. ...  [Okrand] thought about it some more and said that another word, {mIllogh}, could be used for any sort of depiction, including drawings, photographs, cartoons, icons on 21st-century computers, and so on. 

HaSta 		visual display (on monitor) (n)
   HaSta much 	   feature film, movie (n)
bey' 		ceremonial display [eg. of weapons] (n)
jIH 		monitor, terminal [ie. the device] (n)

cha' 		show, display (picture) (v)
Hotlh 		project, put on (screen) (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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