[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: chu'wI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 26 06:29:46 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, August 24, 2019

Klingon word: chu'wI'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: player (of an instrument)

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

chu'  		play (a musical instrument) (v)

(KGT 74):  There are special words used to describe the various techniques employed in playing specific instruments, but the general term for play a musical instrument is {chu'}, which, when applied to technologically advanced devices, including weapons, means "activate". Indeed, out of context, {jan chu'} could mean either "activate the device" or "play the instrument", which may be why {QoQ jan} (musical instrument) is seldom shortened to simply {jan}. When the context is clearly musical, a player,--that is, one who plays a musical instrument--is a {chu'wI'}, though more specific terminology may also be used, depending on the instrument being played.

muchwI' 	musician (n)
QoQ jan 	musical instrument (n)

chu'		play a musical instrument; activate a device (v)
much 		perform [music] (v)
Heng 		finger (holes, strings) to vary sound" (v)
pang 		pluck [strings] (v)
qeb 		squeeze [windbag] (v)
rey 		squeeze and stretch out [windbag] (v)
SuS 		blow [horn, pipe] (v)
tlhaw' 		hit [drum] with fist (v)

(HQ 10.2:8):  The "finger verbs" are used when talking about specific ways of using a particular device (weapon, computer control panel, even musical instrument)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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