[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: QoghIj

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jan 31 08:06:15 PST 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, January 31, 2020

Klingon word: QoghIj
Part of speech: noun
Definition: brain (organ)

(KGT 88):  Some of the other commonly eaten parts include … {QoghIj} ("brain"; another word, {yab}, also means brain as an organ, but in addition it means mind, intellect and is not used in reference to food

  {Qab} (theragen), when diluted with alcohol, deadens certain nerve endings in the brain, making it an effective defense against insanity caused by the deteriorating effects of interspace. Someone who has taken the derivative could be hit by full phaser stun and won't feel it. (TOS "The Tholian Web")

  Q refers to Worf as "micro-brain"—is this just a gratuitous insult or is the Klingon brain smaller than a human brain? Or does it just appear small encased by a large, ridged Klingon skull? (TNG "Hide and Q", "Q Who?", etc.)

  The Providers on Triskelion were three evolved disembodied brains. (TOS "The Gamesters of Triskelion")

  Spock's body had to be placed on complete life-support after Kara surgically removed his brain in 2268; "Brain and brain! What is brain?!" (Kara, TOS "Spock's Brain")

Latin *cogitare* "to cogitate, ponder, think" ?

yab, 			brain; mind, intellect (n)
Hutvav  		nerve (anatomy, physiology) (n)
Hutvav rarwI’ 		neural synapse (n)

"Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking." (Scarecrow, "The Wizard of Oz")

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