[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nISwI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Dec 19 07:18:28 PST 2019

Klingon word: nISwI'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: disruptor

nISwI' HIch motlh HoS Hal qengwI' naQ tIq je lurarlu'bogh 'oH
  tlhIngan nISwI' beH'e' 
The Klingon disruptor rifle is a standard hand held disruptor,
  attached to an extended power supply stock. (S14)

nISwI': cha' chang'engmey (telDaq lujomlu', nItebHa' lubaHlu') 
Disruptor - 2 Pairs (Wing Mounted, Fire Linked) (KBoP)

 (KGT 56):  Among these are the disruptors or, more properly, phase disruptors, directed-energy weapons similar in function and operation to the Federation's phasers. The general term for disruptor is {nISwI'}. A disruptor pistol or hand-held disruptor (and there are several models of these) is a {nISwI' HIch}; a disruptor rifle (likewise with several models) is a {nISwI' beH}. Larger and more powerful disruptors are mounted on the ship, laid out as {nISwI' DaH} or disruptor banks. These terms are used only for these Klingon weapons. The more general term {pu'}, phaser, may also apply to the Klingon disruptor, but it is used just as often to refer to the Romulan disruptor, Federation phaser, and other similar devices. Since the word is short, {pu'} is heard frequently--even more frequently than {nISwI'} -- especially in the throes of combat, in such formations as {pu'HIch} (phaser pistol), {pu'beH} (phaser rifle), {pu'DaH} (phaser banks), and even {pu'beq} (phaser crew, the crew members responsible for the operation of the weapons). Despite the prevalence of the {pu'} words, in the strictest sense, the correct names for all of these weapons are the {nISwI'} forms. 
     The disruptor pistol, when not in use, may be carried in a holster, or {vaH}, worn on the side of the body and attached to the belt. The verb used for shoot when referring to disruptors is {bach}. Technically speaking, one shoots the energy beam from the disruptor. The general word for any energy beam (ray) is {tIH}, so a disruptor's beam is {nISwI' tIH}. Thus, the correct formation is {nISwI' tIH bach} (shoot the disruptor beam). As a practical matter, however, the {tIH} is often left out, and {nISwI' bach} is the common way to say "shoot a disruptor". Similarly, {pu' bach} is "shoot a phaser". 

  A good example of a 23rd century TOS-era Klingon disruptor pistol is at 

nIS  			disrupt,  interfere with (v)

nISwI' beH  		disruptor rifle (n)
nISwI' DaH  		disruptor banks (n)
nISwI' HIch  		disruptor pistol,	 hand-held disruptor (n)
nISwI' tal  		disruptor cannon (n)
nISwI' tIH  		disruptor beam (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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