[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: SaQ

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Oct 5 09:34:03 PDT 2020

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, October 05, 2020

Klingon word: SaQ
Part of speech: verb
Definition: cry

 (HQ 12.4:9):  For Klingons, even though there is a word for cry ({SaQ}), there is no word for tear or tears, undoubtedly because Klingons have no tear ducts. [mentioned in ST6] The only thing Maltz could think of that eyes do from time to time is redden ({DoqchoH}, literally "become red or change to red").  
[cf. http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Tear_duct ]

 (MO > LLL, 12/18/2019):  In English, "wail" is the correct term for people crying or sobbing loudly with grief at a funeral. The verb {whine" is used for a usually high-pitched crying kind of sound when you're complaining about something or unhappy about something. "The kids whined when their father wouldn't let them eat cake."  If the kids whined at a funeral, it would be because they didn't want to be there, not because they were sad (and any whining would be disrespectful — wailing at a funeral is not uncommon).

Unlike humans, Klingons do not cry at weddings. (Worf, TNG "Data's Day")

(Lieven < MO, 12/02/2018):  {'onroS} ["drop"] can be used for tears: just say {mIn 'onroS} "eye drop" 

bey 		howl, yell (v)
jach 		scream, cry out, shout, yell (v)
mIn 		eye (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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