[tlhIngan Hol] New words from "Kauderwelsch"

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Sep 20 08:01:16 PDT 2019

(TKW 174) :  It is not clear what a {qIvon} is, aside from the fact that it is a Klingon body part...

(st.klingon 6/29/1997):  I tried to "pursue" the meaning of {qIvon}.  Maltz seemed a little reluctant to talk about it. (I'd say "embarrassed," but that word is entirely inappropriate to use in describing a Klingon.)  The next time the bloodwine is flowing freely, I'll try to remember to bring it up again. But I've noticed that, for me, anyway, bloodwine and memory don't mix.

At least now we know why Maltz was embarrassed.  <g>

Lieven, thanks for sharing these.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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From: Lieven L. Litaer

He also revealed an expression for going to the bathroom. (p. 109) These are his words:

{taQbang ghIm} is the basic structure. You can, of course, substitute {turmIq} or {qeQ} in for {taQbang} if that's what you really want to say. So you can say things like {DaH jImej. turmIq vIghImnIS.}

Maltz said Klingons don't have euphemisms for this sort of thing. On the other hand, there is a slang expression or idiom that's used from time to time, though mostly (but hardly always) by or to kids: {qIvon belmoH} (as in {DaH jImej. qIvonwIj vIbelnISmoH.} and the like). You might ask a child who's a little jittery {belHa''a' qIvonlIj?}.

Most people say {qIvon}, though some say {qIvonDu'}.  Maltz says he has no idea why this expression has this slang meaning, given what he knows about his own {qIvonDu'}.

As with idioms in general, you can't substitute one word for another (unless you're playing word games). So saying something like {qIvonwIj vIQuchnISmoH} could only refer to making your {qIvon} happy, assuming it's possible to do such a thing.

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