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

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Sep 13 11:14:16 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, September 13, 2021

Klingon word: 	chu'
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	play (a musical instrument)

(KGT 74):  There are special words used to describe the various techniques employed in playing specific instruments, but the general term for play a musical instrument is {chu'}, which, when applied to technologically advanced devices, including weapons, means activate. Indeed, out of context, {jan chu'} could mean either "activate the device" or "play the instrument", which may be why {QoQ jan} (musical instrument) is seldom shortened to simply {jan}. When the context is clearly musical, a player,--that is, one who plays a musical instrument--is a {chu'wI'}, though more specific terminology may also be used, depending on the instrument being played.

much 		present,  perform (music) (v)

Heng 		finger (holes, strings) to vary sound (v)
pang 		pluck [strings] (v)
qeb 		squeeze [windbag] (v)
rey 		squeeze and stretch out [windbag] (v)
SuS 		blow [horn, pipe] (v)
rIl  		play (a wind instrument) (v)
weq 		 hit (percussion instrument) with palm (v)
tlhaw' 		hit with fist [drum] (v)
moq  		beat/strike with a stick [drum] (v)

 (HQ 10.2:8):  The 'finger verbs' are used when talking about specific ways of using a particular device (weapon, computer control panel, even musical instrument)

Sen & rIl 	use the thumb (v)
SIq 		use the index finger (v)
qay 		use the second finger (v)
qew 		use the ring finger (v)
qan 		use the pinkie [finger] (v)

Have I missed any?

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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