[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Som

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Jan 28 11:59:08 PST 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, January 27, 2019

Klingon word: Som
Part of speech: noun
Definition: hull

tlhIngan Dujmey law'qu' SommeyDaq batlh cha'lu' 
[It] has been emblazoned upon the hulls of countless Klingon starships. SP1

(st.k 10/1998):  ... when used in reference to an inanimate object, say, a mechanical device or the hull of a ship, {rach} [invigorate, fortify, strengthen] also implies improvement or betterment.  {rach} is to be distinguished from {tI'} "repair" in two ways: (1) {tI'} is generally not applied to living beings; (2) {tI'} suggests restoration to a previous state, not necessarily improvement.

   On the Somraw in 2151, Hoshi says that *ka'tahl* can mean wall, barrier or hull.  Malcolm noted that the Somraw's hull was twice as thick as that of Enterprise, making it more resistant to pressure.  (ENT "Sleeping Targs")

   The hull plating of the IKC Pagh contained large amounts of tritanium (TNG "A Matter of Honor"), which is 21.4 times harder than diamond (TOS "Obsession").

tlhoy' 		wall, interior wall (n) [use for "bulkhead"?]
reD 		exterior wall (n)
pa' reD 		interior face of exterior wall (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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