[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tuqvol

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Feb 24 07:15:52 PST 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, February 24, 2020

Klingon word: tuqvol
Part of speech: noun
Definition: forehead (regional)

(KGT 28f.):  The standard word for this prominent part of Klingon anatomy is {Quch}, and this word is found with this meaning throughout the Empire. In addition, however, practically every dialect has its own alternate word for forehead. Indeed, {Quch} is simply the word for forehead in the First City. Among these other forms are: {boD, jargh, mIQ, 'aQlo', Huy'Dung, tuqvol, no''och}.  While the first four of these words are simply regionalisms for forehead, the last three can be analyzed, at least partially... The word {tuqvol} may contain the word {tuq} (house [lineage]) because family resemblances can be seen in forehead ridges. The second element, {vol}, however, is otherwise unknown.

The noun {vol} "pane, panel, sheet (not for bed)" was subsequently revealed at qepHom 2016 which doesn't seem to be relevant.

(KGT 28 ill.):  The casting of Alexander's forehead displays the {Quch} of a proud house. [photo from TNG "Parallels"]

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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