[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nIH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Oct 14 08:17:27 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, October 14, 2019

Klingon word: nIH
Part of speech: noun
Definition: right (side)

poSDaq nIHDaq je QamtaHvIS SuvwI'pu', chaH jojDaq yItnIS lopwI' 
The initiate must pass through a gauntlet of warriors. S9

(Qov, reporting on qep'a' 2015, 8/05/2015):  I asked [Okrand] about how we would describe someone’s right hand.  I said I would say {nIHwIj ghop} "the hand of my right side" and he said "I would do that too," making a dissatisfied face about the alternative {nIH ghopwIj} "my hand of the right side".  I asked "or are {nIH} and {poS} like {tlhop} and {‘em}, taking the pronoun rather than the possessive suffix?" but he felt that {nIHwIj} was correct.

(Lieven, 11/16/2014 < qepHom 2014):   And a [computer] mouse is a {'eQway'} (not to be confused, Maltz was quick to point out, with {'eQway} "belly button").  He said that a {'eQway'} does not have a {'eQway}, but that it could have a {leQ} "button" (but more generally "switch") and it usually has two (a {poS leQ} and a {nIH leQ}, "left button" and "right button" respectively).

nIH  		steal (v)  

poS 		left (side) (n)
Dop 		side (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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