[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Do'ghI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Nov 12 07:44:36 PST 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, November 12, 2020

Klingon word: Do'ghI'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: calf (body part)
Source: Hamletmachine

This is the translation by Lieven Litauer of Heiner Müller’s 1977 play "Die Hamletmaschine"
(cf. http://klingon.wiki/En/Hamletmachine )   Lieven, how was it used in the play?

Two other body parts from his translation are {nev'ob} "thigh; upper arm" and {reStav} "shin; forearm" :

(Lieven, klingon.wiki/En/Hamletmachine):  {nev'ob} refers to both the "thigh" and the "upper arm" (above the elbow).  Similarly, {reStav} refers to both the "shin" and the "forearm."  If it's necessary to make a distinction, precede these words with {'uS} [leg] or {DeS} [arm].  {reStav} refers to both the "shin" and the "forearm."  But when preceded by {'uS}, it means "lower part of the leg."  You could also say {DeS cha'neH} for "forearm," but this would probably be used only in a context where you were talking about both the forearm and the lower leg and wanted to clarify which was which.  {reStav} is "shin," meaning the front of the lower leg.  (I assume [the German word] *Schienbein* is "shin bone."  {reStav} is more than just the bone.  The only way Maltz was aware of for referring to the bone is {reStav Hom}.)  {Do'ghI'} is "calf," meaning the back of the lower leg ([the German word] *Wade*, presumably).

ghIv 		limb (of a person) (n)
gham  		limb (of an animal)
'uS 		leg (n)
HajDob  	leg (served as food) (n) [from an animal I assume <g>]

The parts of the {'uS} are, from top to bottom:

'IvtIH 		hip (n)
nev'ob		thigh (n)
qIv 		knee (n)
reStav		shin (n)
Do'ghI'		calf (n)
qam 		foot (n)
   mov 		   top of foot (n)
   bem 		   sole (of foot) (n)
   va'nuch 	   heel (n)
   yaD 		   toe (n)

Have I missed any?

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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