[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: SuS

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Sep 10 08:16:02 PDT 2018

Klingon word: SuS
Part of speech: verb
Definition: blow (into wind instrument) to produce sound, blow out, blow at

(KGT 75):  Wind instruments (there is no overall term for them) range from the simple flute or fife ({Dov'agh}), generally crafted from a bone, to the highly complex {meSchuS}. This is a very large instrument, not at all easily moved from place to place, which consists of a network of interlocking tubes. One tube terminates in the mouthpiece ({ngujlep}) into which the player blows ({SuS}). The instrument's pitch and timbre are modified by fingering strategically placed holes in the tubing and by moving the hands in various ways (to move the fingers in this way is to {Heng}).

(qepHom 2017 p.20):  The verb {jo'} means blow into a container of some kind in the sense of inflate, fill with air, blow up ("blow up" like to blow up a balloon, not "explode"). It's used for blowing up a balloon, blowing into a paper bag (so you can then hit the bag against something so that it explodes with a loud noise), whatever it is that glass blowers do, and, yes, blow bubbles. It's not the same as {SuS}, which can also be used for blowing out a candle. With {SuS} you're blowing into/onto/at something, but the air gets out of the thing (or never goes in it). With {jo'}, the air is trapped in the thing and can't come out until you let it out (or the thing breaks). The object of both verbs is the thing you blow into/onto/at. If you use a {-Daq} construction, it implies that you missed - you blew towards the object, but the air bypassed it.

'uq 		whistle (v)

SuS  		wind,  breeze (n)
SuSHom  	wisp of air (n)
SuS'a'  		strong wind (n
SuSDeq  	windbag,  bellows (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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