[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nISwI' beH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Oct 18 07:01:51 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, October 17, 2021

Klingon word: 	nISwI' beH
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	disruptor rifle

tlhIngan nISwI' beH 
Klingon Disruptor Rifle  (S14 title)

nISwI' HIch motlh HoS Hal qengwI' naQ tIq je lurarlu'bogh 'oH tlhIngan nISwI' beH'e' 
The Klingon disruptor rifle is a standard hand held disruptor, attached to an extended power supply stock. (S14)

(KGT 56):  a disruptor rifle (likewise with several models) is a {nISwI' beH} ... The more general term {pu'}, phaser, may also apply to the Klingon disruptor, but it is used just as often to refer to the Romulan disruptor, Federation phaser, and other similar devices. Since the word is short, {pu'} is heard frequently -- even more frequently than {nISwI'} -- especially in the throes of combat, in such formations as ... {pu'beH} (phaser rifle)

(S14):  "The Klingon disruptor rifle is a standard hand held disruptor, attached to an extended power supply stock. This serves to steady the aim of a warrior and increase the effective range for distance targeting." 

(KGT 80):  Even modern weaponry, such as a disrupter pistol (nISwI' HIch) or disrupter rifle (nISwI' bej [sic]), is decorated. For example, typically the head of any rivet (veragh) used has a raised image of some kind, often that of a Klingon warrior's head. Sometimes extra ornamentation, carved of a different material, is attached. This would typically be the case with a family crest (tuq Degh).

KGT p.56 gives {nISwI' bej} and {pu' bej} as "disruptor rifle" and "phaser rifle" respectively, but the KGT Addendum lists {nISwI' beH}.

Examples of a Klingon disruptor pistol at:
http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/purpleelaphants/images/beH1.jpg  http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/purpleelaphants/images/beH2.jpg  http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/purpleelaphants/images/beH3.jpg  

nIS  		disrupt,  interfere with (v
nISwI'  		disruptor (n)
nISwI' tIH  	disruptor beam (n)
nISwI' HIch  	disruptor pistol, hand-held disruptor (n)
nISwI' tal  	disruptor cannon (n)
nISwI' DaH  	disruptor banks (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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