[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: notqa'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Aug 24 08:13:19 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	notqa'
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	a large, black bird
Source: 	HQ (10:4 p4)

(HQ 10.4:4):  a large, black bird (nowhere near as large as a {qa'rol}, which is really big)

(HQ 10.4:5):  "The plural suffix for birds is usually {-mey}, the general plural suffix, as would be expected. There is a difference of opinion, however, about which plural suffix to use for a few birds capable of mimicking speech, such as the {vIlInHoD} and the {qaryoq} (and the larger {qaryoq'a'}), with some Klingons using {-mey} but others preferring {-pu'}, the plural suffix for beings capable of using language.

PUN:  a Klingon raven ("nevermore"!)

See Tremail-Naik's (Massimiliano Benini) Klingon translation of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe at  http://web.archive.org/web/20080116143733/http://www.cs.unibo.it/~mbenini/   N.B. he translated the poem before {notqa'} was revealed by Maltz.

notqa' pach  	Eagle's Claw (n) (BOP Haynes Manual)
  - i.e. a type of mine found on the B'rel-class Bird of Prey. (BOP Haynes)

tIn  		be big, large (v)
qIj  		be black (v)
bo'Degh  	bird (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from the last year or two. I’ve fallen 
    behind in updating my files and adding cross-references for related words.  

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