[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: chal bIQ

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Mar 11 08:48:03 PDT 2020

Klingon word: chal bIQ
Part of speech: noun
Definition: rain
Source: qep'a' 24

(qep’a’ 2017):  refers to the water itself, not the rain falling from the sky

(qurgh, 7/2017):  Maltz said that you'd probably only say this if, for example, you were referring to, say, a puddle of water on the ground and wanted to be clear that the puddle resulted from rain and not some other source or if you wanted to say what it is that's dripping from your wet head since you didn't just step out of the shower (obviously you didn't -- you're a Klingon). Otherwise the puddle or hair water would be simply {bIQ} (perhaps with some modifier or other).

SIS 		rain (v)
bIQ		water (n)
Har’ey  		rainbow (n)
'onroS 		drop (n)

peD 		snow (v)
chal chuch 	snow (n)

Heq  		hail (v)
(qurgh, 7/31/2017):  A hailstone can be either {chuch 'aplom} ("ice pellet") or {'aplom chuch} ("pellet ice")

tet 		melt (v)
yIQ 		be wet (v)
SIS yoD  	umbrella (n)

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