[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: vIn

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Dec 11 07:13:14 PST 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, December 11, 2020

Klingon word: vIn
Part of speech: noun
Definition: cousin, niece or nephew
Source: HQ (9:3 p8)

(HQ 9.3 p8):   {vIn}, in its plural form {vInpu'}, is used for a group consisting of at least one {tey'} and no one who is not a {lor} or a {tey'}.  Thus {vInpu'} may be translated "cousins, nieces, nephews."   If it's not a mixed group, then, of course, the plural forms of {lor} and {tey'} would be used ({lorpu', tey'pu'}).  {vInpu'} might also be used if the speaker is unsure about the makeup of the group (but sure enough to know that {vInpu'} is a better choice than {yurpu'}.  The singular form, {vIn}, is also sometimes used in place of {lor} or {tey'} when focusing on the {vIn} as a member of a group of {vInpu'} as opposed to his or her specific relationship to the speaker.

See naHQun's handy chart of family relationships at: http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/purpleelaphants/tlhInganHol/qorDuSor.html 

U.S. movie "My Cousin Vinnie".

tey'  	cousin (mother's sister's child or father's brother's child), niece
	or nephew (man's brother's child or woman's sister's child) (n) 

lor  	cousin (mother's brother's child or father's sister's child), niece
	or nephew (man's sister's child or woman's brother's child) (n)

yur  	distant cousin, niece or nephew (second cousin, grand-nephew, 
	etc.)  (n)

tey'be'  	female cousin (mother's sister's child or father's brother's child), 
	niece (man's brother's daughter or woman's sister's daughter) (n)

tey'loD  male cousin (mother's sister's son or father's brother's son), 
	nephew (man's brother's son or woman's sister's son) (n) 

lorbe'  	female cousin (mother's brother's daughter or father's sister's 
	daughter), niece (man's sister's daughter or woman's brother's 
	daughter) (n)

lorloD  	male cousin (mother's brother's son or father's sister's son), 
	nephew (man's sister's son or woman's brother's son) (n) 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
Feel free to mention any relevant vocabulary or notes from the last year
or so which I’ve missed. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files. 

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