[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: vIqraq

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Thu Feb 20 10:45:05 PST 2020

I always remembered {bIng} as “down” by imagining dropping a coin downward and hearing “bing”. I also imagine looking “up” and having a bird fly over: {Dung}.

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.

> On Feb 19, 2020, at 8:54 AM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> On 2/19/2020 1:30 AM, De'vID wrote:
>> Someone (Visirius) posted this about ablaut reduplication on the Klingon Discord recently and it seems relevant to {vIqraq}:
>> https://www.rd.com/culture/ablaut-reduplication/ <https://www.rd.com/culture/ablaut-reduplication/>
>> Does Klingon also follow this pattern? That is, are there words that sound like *{vaqrIq} instead? The only one that comes to mind is {raS'IS} (which is not *{rIS'aS}).
> I don't know about this particular rule, but I do know that Okrand has given such things thought. We have the words Dung area above and bIng area below, which sound exactly backwards to an English-speaker's ear (which tends to have front-vowels for up and back-vowels for down). I believe Okrand confirmed — though I cannot cite a source; it may have been a conversation at a qep'a' — that he did this intentionally.
> It's also possible that Okrand doesn't know about ablaut reduplication and lets his English bias bleed into Klingon.
> -- 
> SuStel
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