[tlhIngan Hol] qovIj ngavyaw' relative size

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Nov 27 06:41:18 PST 2019

qovIj  		canine-like creature (smaller than a {ngavyaw'}) (n) (qep’a’ 2019)
  “a smaller animal, similar to Kruge's pet” (qep’a’ 2019)

ngavyaw'  	canine-like creature (larger than a {qovIj}) (n) (qep’a’ 2019)
  “a large animal, like the creatures that accompany the guards on Rura Penthe” (qep’a’ 2019)

qeSHoS  	fox (n) (TLP)
  "A Klingon animal that's kind of dog-like. They eat vegetation and also small animals and birds. Klingons, of course, might eat them, but mostly consider them pests." (TLP)

Qogh  		type of animal (a common pet) PK;  *krol* (?)
  Does this refer to Kruge's pet reptile-dog, Warrigul, who sat next to him on the bridge of his Bird-of-Prey. (ST3)  (see https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Klingon_monster_dog   and http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Warrigul ) 
   - qu'bej QoghlIj 	Your *krol* is definitely fierce.  [a compliment] (PK)
   - "We will repay this bartender, who sent us chasing wild {Qoghmey}." (KCD novel p.108)

I read these not as stages in one creature's life (embryo, fetus, puppy, adult), but as different breeds of various "canine-like" creatures.  E.g. the small chihuahua, dachshund, or toy poodle vs. the much larger Great Dane, malamut, or husky.

I don't think we know how to refer to the young of any animal (puppies, kittens, foals, etc.), just people: {ghu} "baby" and {puq} "child, offspring".  Some people have also used ANIMAL{Hom} or ANIMAL {Qup}.  

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- Original Message -----  ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 
From: tlhIngan-Hol <tlhingan-hol-bounces at lists.kli.org> On Behalf Of mayqel qunen'oS

Suppose you have a full-grown (or is it fully-grown ?), german shepherd.
Would you characterize it as {qovIj} or a {ngavyaw'} ?

And lets say, you have a {ngavyaw'} puppy.
Would you characterize it, as a {ngavyaw'} or a {qovIj} ?
Or would you play it safe, and say {ngavyaw' ghu} ?

And, to take this to the limit..
If you had a {qovIj} which took steroids and grew the size of a small car, how would you say it ?

On the contrary, if a {ngavyaw'}, matured chronologically, never attaining the expected size, but remained very small, would you still call it a {ngavyaw'} ?

More information about the tlhIngan-Hol mailing list