[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: lIw

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jan 15 10:02:37 PST 2021

Thanks Lieven.  

Add to these {'opuHwI'} "prostitute (standard)" and {qItoy} "prostitute (slang)" from (qep’a’ 2019).   There's also the recent noun {’Ipnal} "spouse (gender-neutral) from qep’a’ 2020.

Back in 2000 DloraH in his "{ghIlghameS} : A Klingon Translation" came up with *{parmaq be'} "harlot" for Shamhat, the harlot who seduces Enkidu.

This as an opportune place for some Trek trivia about harlots:

  Gowron is about to be installed as the head of High Council but at the last moment a challenger appears:  young Toral, claiming to be the son of Duras, followed by Lursa and B'Etor.  Gowron is not pleased.  "This is outrageous! Duras had no mate - where did you find him, Lursa?  In a harlot's bed chamber?"  Toral steps forward:  "I will personally cut your tongue out, {yIntagh} !" (TNG "Redemption Part I")


-----------------------------------Original Message-----------------------------------
From: Lieven L. Litaer
Am 15.01.2021 um 17:44 schrieb Steven Boozer:
> Klingon word: lIw
> Part of speech: noun
> SEE:
> lIw mu’  	pronoun (n) (qep’a’ 2020)
> QujwI' lIw  	game token (n)

Add to this {lIwnal} "concubine":

Maltz thought the best word for this might be lIwnal, though maybe not:
the cultural connotations are a bit different since, in Klingon culture, everything associated with a {lIwnal} lacks honor, and this is not necessarily the case for a (Terran) king's concubines or courtesans.
Note that only married people could have a partner who could be considered a {lIwnal}. Also, {lIwnal} could be male or female, so if it's necessary to distinguish, say {loD lIwnal} or {be' lIwnal}.

(Marc Okrand to Lieven L. Litaer talking about the Hamletmachine, November 2019)


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