[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: req

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jul 30 08:21:04 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	req
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	wax 
Source: 	qepHom 2016

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(Lieven < MO, 3/07/2021; Die Sendung mit der Maus 50th Anniversary, in re "chewing gum"):  There is an idiomatic expression {to'waQ yIv} that means to take some time to consider a matter, but its meaning comes from the fact that {to'waQ} takes a relatively long time to chew (before swallowing), compared to other things you might be chewing, like muscle. It does not follow from this that Klingons chew {to'waQ} for pleasure, just because the flavor lingers longer or because it works off nervous energy. Maybe {req} would be better than {to'waQ} since, if you were to chew {req}, you'd probably be doing it just for the purpose of chewing (and whatever pleasure or benefit that may bring in and of itself), unlike {to'waQ}, which you'd be chewing for the purpose of grinding it up so you could finally swallow it.
(qepHom 2017):  {SuS} ["blow (into wind instrument) to produce sound"] … can also be used for blowing out a candle. With {SuS} you're blowing into/onto/at something, but the air gets out of the thing (or never goes in it).

(HQ 12.4:9):  Ears (at least healthy ones) produce no byproducts other than earwax ({Serrum}), which is said to somehow just {vI'} "accumulate" in the ear.

(HQ 2.4):  Actually, [{qon}] is the word translated in TKD as the verb "record", meaning to make a record of something (whether this record be written or a digital recording or an old-fashioned wax cylinder or anything).

Large thick, white candles are used in the {ruStay} (R'uustai) ceremony. (TNG "The Bonding")

Special thick, white *kor'tova* candles "represent the fire that burns in the heart of a warrior" and are lit by father and son during the First Rite of Ascension. (TNG "Firstborn")

to'waQ  	ligament,  tendon (n) 

weQ 		candle (n) [pun on "wax" (or "wicks")?]
qul 		fire, flame (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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