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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon May 20 07:57:32 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, May 19, 2019

Klingon word: 'IqnaH
Part of speech: noun
Definition: mucus

(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!

nuj  	mouth (n)
jat 	tongue (n)
lev 	roof of mouth, hard palate (n)
wuS 	lip(s) (n)
woS  	chin (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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