[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: mupwI'Hom

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Oct 7 09:13:41 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, October 07, 2019

Klingon word: mupwI'Hom
Part of speech: noun
Definition: mallet (for striking a musical instrument)

(KGT 74-75):  The general term for a percussion instrument of any kind is {'In}. […] Other members of this group of instruments are hit with a stick of some kind.  The stick often resembles a small hammer; when it does, it is termed {mupwI'Hom} (literally, small striker).  A plain stick is a {naQHom} (literally, small cane or small staff).  To strike the instrument with a stick is to {moq} (beat) the instrument.  The {'In} itself may be made entirely of metal (in which case it might be described as a bell, though in Klingon it is simply termed {baS 'In}, or metal {'In}) or entirely of wood ({Sor Hap 'In}, wood {'In}).  One kind of {Sor Hap 'In} is a tube, open on both ends, with a longitudinal slit extending not quite to either end.  It is hit with a {mupwI'Hom}.

mup  		impact,  strike (v)
 - pay' HIvDI' lo'wI' pagh mupDI' QIHchu' bIH 
    [They] provide a damaging surprise attack or give a devastating backhand stroke. SP2
 - muptaHvIS tay''eghmoH QeHDaj Hoch 
     All his rage focused in one blow  PB
 - pe'vIl mupmeH betleH Qach 
     The Mighty Blow of the Bat'leth (PB; title)
 - wa'logh mup betleH 'ej 'uSDu' teqta' 
     [bat’leths] Ripped open armor, And cut off legs in a single stroke. (PB)
  - jIyoHqu' / jInaS jImupDI' / jImeq jInab
      Fearless, I will be, /  Ruthless, I will strike / Rational and planned (PB)

mupwI'  	hammer (n) 
 - mupwI' yI'uchtaH 
     Keep holding the hammer! TKW
 - HoSghaj; mupwI' rur 
     powerful as a hammer KGT

qIp 		hit (with hand, fist, implement) (v)
moq 		beat [with implement] (v)
tlhaw' 		hit [percussion instrument] with fist (v)
weq 		hit [percussion instrument] with palm (v)
chuHchu' 	hit with a thrown spear (v)

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