[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'IqnaH QaD

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Jul 17 09:14:17 PDT 2019

Klingon word: 'IqnaH QaD
Part of speech: noun
Definition: dry mucus, booger

(HQ 12.4:8-9):  If one were to {chuy} "sneeze", one would likely eject {'IqnaH} "mucus" (or sometimes {'IqnaH QaD} "dry mucus").  If {tlhepQe'} "saliva" is produced, one is said to {tIl} "salivate".  If the {tlhepQe'} involuntarily escapes one's lips and dribbles down one's chin, one is said to {bol} "drool".  To intentionally eject the {tlhepQe'} from one's mouth is to {tuy'} "spit".  Maltz pointed out that a similar verb, {tlhIS} "spit out", is used to refer to spitting out things other than saliva, such as parts of food that are not swallowed or teeth.  If what one spits out is basically liquid, such as a mixture of saliva and mucus, {tuy'} would be used; for spitting out a mixture of saliva and something that is basically solid, {tlhIS} would be more appropriate.

PUN: "hanky" backwards?

woS  		chin (n)
ghIch  		nose (n)
nuj  		mouth (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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