[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: boD

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Mar 29 08:12:24 PDT 2019

Klingon word: boD
Part of speech: noun
Definition: forehead (regional)

(KGT 28f.):  The standard word for this prominent part of Klingon anatomy is {Quch}, and this word is found with this meaning throughout the Empire.  In addition, however, practically every dialect has its own alternate word for forehead.  Indeed, {Quch} is simply the word for forehead in the First City.  Among these other forms are: {boD, jargh, mIQ, 'aQlo', Huy'Dung, tuqvol, no''och}.  While the first four of these words are simply regionalisms for forehead, the last three can be analyzed, at least partially.  {Huy'Dung} is probably from {Huy' Dung} (above the eyebrow[s]).  The word {tuqvol} may contain the word {tuq} (house [lineage]) because family resemblances can be seen in forehead ridges. The second element, {vol}, however, is otherwise unknown.  Similarly, the first syllable of {no''och} may derive from {no'} (ancestors), again suggesting something about genealogy.  The second syllable, {'och}, probably resembles {'och} (tunnel) only accidentally; there is no reason to think that ancestors' tunnel is a way to say forehead.

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