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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri May 28 08:37:12 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	'Iw
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	blood
Source: 	TKD

'IwlIj jachjaj 
May your blood scream! CK

bomDI' 'IwwIj qaqaw 
The memory of you sings in my blood.
 ("When my blood sings, I remember you"). TKW

'IwlIj ghogh yIQoy 
Listen to the voice of your blood. TKW

'IwwIj jeD law' 'IwlIj jeD puS 
My blood is thicker than yours.
 (i.e. "I am much stronger than you.") PK

bIrchoH SuvwI' 'Iw 
The blood of the warrior grows cold. PK 

bIrchugh qIvon tuj 'Iw 
If the {qIvon} is cold, the blood is hot. TKW 

tujpa' qul pub SuvwI' 'Iw 
A warrior's blood boils before the fire is hot. TKW 

tay'taHbe' 'Iw bIQ je 
Blood and water don't mix. TKW

HoS; 'Iw rur 
strong as blood (a common simile) KGT 

yoHbogh matlhbogh je SuvwI'
    Say'moHchu' may' 'Iw 
The blood of battle washes clean 
   the warrior brave and true. (Anthem)

tlhIngan HoS law' 'Iw HoS law' 
the Klingon is as strong as blood (HQ 13.1:10)

ghIq QavwI'chaj DuQchu' qeylIS betleH chaHDaq SIStaHvIS negh 'Iw 
Then Kahless's bat'leth pierced the last of them, showered with the soldiers' blood. PB

vaj ruS cher 'Iw rap cha’ ghot HoS rap cha' ghot vuD chen yIn ruS 
So the bond was sealed in blood of two equal in body and thought, the bond of life. PB

SumchoH mangghom 'Iw largh 
The army closes in, smelling blood. PB

'Iw teqmeH tlhayDaj lo' luqara' 
Lukara wiped the blood on her sleeve (PB)

'Iw bIQtIq  	the River of Blood (GN)

'Iw bIQtIqDaq bIlengjaj 
May you travel the River of Blood! PK

'Iw bIQtIqDaq jIjaH 
I travel the River of Blood. (from the Age of Ascension Ritual) TKW

'Iw bIQtIqvo' toS SuvwI' yoH puH QaDDaq paw 
The fearless warrior climbs out of the blood onto dry land. PB

'Iw HIq  		bloodwine (n))
'Iw HIq pIn  	expert on bloodwine, somebody who knows all about bloodwine (n) 

(KGT 95) :  Domestic {HIq} is distilled from a number of different kinds of grain ({tIr}), with some additional constituents (of both plant and animal origin, including {'Iw}, blood) adding flavor and strength.

(KGT 95):  Animal blood ({'Iw}) is found primarily in alcoholic beverages…

HIq qIj reghuluS 'Iw HIq ghap jab 
They serve Black Ale or Regulan bloodwine. CK

latlh HIvje'Daq 'Iw HIq bIr yIqang! 
Pour the cold bloodwine into another glass! (idiom) KGT

latlh HIvje'Daq 'Iw HIq bIr vIqang! 
I pour the cold bloodwine into another glass! KGT

jup 'Iw HIq yItlhutlh 
Friend, drink the bloodwine. KGT

jupwI' 'Iw HIq yItlhutlh 
My friend, drink the bloodwine. KGT

jupna' 'Iw HIq yItlhutlh 
Good friend, drink the bloodwine. KGT

jupna'wI' 'Iw HIq yItlhutlh 
My good friend, drink the bloodwine.

maqoch 'Iw HIq yItlhutlh 
Pal, drink the bloodwine. KGT

natlh 'Iw HIq 
The bloodwine is disgusting (slang). KGT

ghun 'Iw HIq, rap boqrat chej 
the bokrat liver is as warm as the bloodwine. (HQ 13.1)

'Iw HIq bIr puS chuch bIr puS 
the bloodwine is as cold as (the) ice is (HQ 13.1)

Hoch beqpu'vaD 'Iw HIq yInob 
Supply blood wine for entire crew. MKE

chaHvaD 'Iw HIq vInob vaj tlhutlhtaH 'e' luSIQlaHbe' 
[translation unavailable] PB 

pa' 'elDI' Duj 'Iw HIq pIw qagh pIw je lularghlu'chu' 
The smell of bloodwine and gagh Filled the barge upon entering. PB

'Iw HIq qagh je chojabpu'mo' qatlho' 
I thank you for the bloodwine and gagh  (PB)

'Iw HIq yap tu'lu'be' 
Sufficient bloodwine does not exist (qep'a' 2014 Secrecy Proverb)

(KGT 123):  the Klingon word {Doq} (be red) … refers to a rather wide spectrum of colors ranging from deep red to bright orange and includes pink. Nearly all Klingon bodily fluids, including blood, can be described as {Doq}. 

(TKW 31):  For Klingons, blood... represents the animating force of life itself, that which controls basic temperament and character. It is strength. It is the commander, making the decisions and giving the orders... A warrior... must pay attention to, or listen to, what his blood has to say.

(TKW 34):  Just as "blood" is used figuratively to refer to power, "water" carries the opposite and negative connotation of lack of control. Strength cannot coexist with weakness within an individual or a successful society.

(KGT 90f):  If the meat is somewhat older, a common preparation technique is to {HaH} (marinate) it in any of a wide variety of concoctions containing {'Iw} (blood) and/or {vIychorgh} (sap) as a base, along with assorted animal parts... All but the least experienced cooks have {chanDoq} (marinade) prepared well in advance of a meal

(KGT 93):  Some dishes are prepared by heating meat in a liquid consisting of the animal's blood along with some choice condiments. To prepare food in this way is to {Qev} it. Livers of *bokrats* are typically prepared in this manner.

  Klingon blood is pinkish purple as shown in both ST6 and KCD, but not in TNG or DS9. "Blood is blood, even when it's green like yours." (McCoy, TOS "Let that Be Your Last Battlefield")

  During spinal replacement surgery Worf's blood pressure dropped to 60/40 and his Vek'tal response fell to 20%. Dr. Crusher ordered, "Increase oxygen content to 85%." (TNG "Ethics")

  In a traditional Klingon wedding a targ is ritually slaughtered before the wedding feast: “First we shed blood and then we feast.” (Jadzia to Worf, DS9 “A Time To Stand”)

  When Seven of Nine was "possessed" by the personality of the Son of K'Vok when a Borg vinculum--the device which connects and processes the thousands of disparate minds on a Borg cube--was infected with a virus and malfunctioned, she initiates a Klingon mating ritual with B'Ellana saying, "Your blood is sweet." (VOY "Infinite Regress")

 "Ee-eww!" (sound of disgust in English)

'Iw remwI'  	vampire (n)
'Iw 'Ip  		blood oath (n)
'Iwchab  	blood pie (n)
'Iwghargh  	bloodworm (n)

HuH 		bile, gall, slime (n)
tIq 		heart (n)
'aD  		vein,  artery,  blood vessel (n)
   mej’aD  	   artery [specifically] (n)
   paw’aD  	   vein [specifically] (n)
regh 		bleed (v)
chI 		menstruate (v)

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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