[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: vIqraq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Feb 18 08:04:42 PST 2020

Klingon word: vIqraq
Part of speech: noun
Definition: artifact, work of art
Source: qepHom 2016

(Lieven, 11/07/2016):  “Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (p. 79) says there is no single word for art or artwork. This refers to visual art (painting, sculpture, etc.).  {meHghem} (arts, the arts, culture) is a bigger, more comprehensive term covering "the arts" or "art" as opposed to "science."  So it includes music, theater, dance, etc. as well as visual art. It's "culture" in this sense.  Similarly, {vIqraq} (artifact, work of art) is more general than a visual piece of art.  It covers that, but also an artifact (not in the archaeological sense), handicraft, gizmo, gadget, contraption, machine, device, etc. – that is, something manufactured/made.

(Lieven, Facebook [tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI'pu'], 12/01/2010):  Finally, someone last year asked for the word for picture.  At first, Maltz wondered why {nagh beQ} wasn't good enough.  But then he thought about it some more and said that another word, {mIllogh}, could be used for any sort of depiction, including drawings, photographs, cartoons, icons on 21st-century computers, and so on. 

roSqa'  		archaeological artifact (n) (qepHom 2019)

nagh beQ 	stone panel (artwork, similar to a painting) (n)
mIllogh 		picture, image (visual) depiction, drawing, etc.) (n)
‘angweD 	museum (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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