[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nav QIn

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Mar 19 08:59:19 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, March 19, 2021

Klingon word: nav QIn
Part of speech: noun
Definition: letter (message written on paper)
Source: qepHom 2015 p.18

(qepHom 2015):  Here are some more words related to paper:  a letter, that is a message written on a sheet of paper and sent to someone is a {nav QIn}.  An envelope is called {nav vaH}.  In context, {vaH} by itself is enough.  The word {vaH} can actually be used for everything you put something inside of it.  It's a cover for it.  A bill, a payment request, something you must pay, is a {ghogh'ot}. 

(Okrand and Lieven, qepHom 2015 p.18):
MO:  The verb {vev} means "insert, put in", so the stapler is literally 
            a device that "puts in" the staple (Ha'on) into the paper. … 
LL:     What else can I {vev}? 
MO:  You could put the letter in the envelope. Or put a pen into a
            pen holder.

(KGT 65):  Finally, though not connected to weaponry, the word {QIn} means not only spearhead but also message. In this case, it is not clear which came first. Perhaps the spearhead was always thought of as the message being delivered by the spear or spear wielder.

(st.klingon, 7/09/1998):  One might also say {QIn gher} "he/she formulates a message" or, more colloquially, "he/she writes a message". But now it begins to get tricky. Using {gher} here implies that the writer of the message was passing along some information he or she got elsewhere, such as scribbling down a telephone message. Saying {QIn qon} "he/she composes a message" or "he/she writes a message" (literally "he/she records a message") suggests that the writer is presenting some new information as opposed to merely passing something along. It may also imply that the written message has some sort of literary merit, and thus be a compliment.

nav  		paper (n)
Huch nav 	bill (i.e. paper currency) (n)
nav HablI'  	FAX (machine) (n)
nav qatwI'  	envelope (n) (TNK)
nav vaH  	envelope (n) (qepHom 2015)

ghogh'ot  	bill/payment request (n)
ghunta 		check, promissory note, IOU (n)
voHDajbo' 	ransom, mortgage (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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