[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: vIq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 2 07:37:46 PST 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, March 02, 2020

Klingon word: vIq
Part of speech: noun
Definition: battle, combat (abstract)

CHANCE 'echletHommey COMMUNITY CHEST 'echletHommey je 
  qa' quv  'echletHommey vIq 'echletHommey je
COMBAT and HONOR cards replace Chance and Community
  Chest cards.  (MKE)

wa'maH jav vIq 'echletHommey 
16 COMBAT cards  (MKE)

(KGT 47):  In parallel fashion, any specific battle is {may'}, but the concept of battle is {vIq}, often translated as "combat" ... In short, the nouns {veS} (war, warfare) and {vIq} (combat) and the verb {Qoj} (wage war) all are used to refer to the ideas of warfare, combat, and making war, while the nouns {noH} (war) and {may'} (battle) and the verbs {ghob} (make war, do battle) and {Suv} (fight) are used when referring to specific, concrete instances of war, battle, and fighting.  Thus it is possible to say ... {may' ghob} or {may' Suv}, meaning "He/she fights a battle", but it is not normally acceptable to say ... *{vIq Suv} ("He/she fights a combat").

"An honorable death in personal combat requires no vengeance." (quoted in DS9 "House of Quark")

"There is no victory without combat." (Kahless, quoted in ENT "Divergence")

U.S. actor Vic Morrow starred in the 1960s TV series "Combat".

yol 		conflict (n)
Seng 		trouble (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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