[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: 'oy'naQ

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Apr 4 07:35:56 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, April 03, 2022

Klingon word: 'oy'naQ
Part of speech: noun
Definition: painstick, painstik

'oy'naQ Dalo'be'chugh not nenghep lop puq 
If you don't use the painstik, the child will never celebrate his Age of Ascension. TKW

'oy'naQ DaQeqDI' mIw wa'DIch Data', 'ach 'oy'naQ Dachu'DI' mIw paghDIch Data' 
When you aim the painstik, you accomplish the first step, but when you turn the painstik on, you accomplish the zeroth step.  KGT

["The implication here is that activating the painstik must be done before beginning the ritualistic part of the ceremony." (KGT 177)]

'oy'naQ Dachu'Ha'DI' mIw HochDIch Data' 
When you turn the painstik off, you accomplish the last step." KGT

luchovmeH 'oy'naQmey lo' 
[Warriors] who test him with painstiks. S9

nentay loptaHvIS tlhIngan potlh tlhIngan 'oy'naQ'e'.  SIQwI' lu'oy'moHmeH juppu'Daj 'oy'naQmey lo' chaH.  SuvwI' qa' patlh veb chavlaHmeH tlhIngan lo'chu' chaH.  toDujDaj toblu'.  wej 'ujmey 'ab 'oy'naQ.  chIch vay' 'oy'moHmeH 'oy'naQ 'ul law' tlhuD 'oH.
The Klingon Painstik is an important part of a Klingon's Age of Ascension ceremony. The Painstik is employed by friends of the recipient who use the devices to inflict pain in a manner which will allow the Klingon to attain a higher state of spirituality as a warrior, proving his mettle. Painstiks are a little over one meter long and emit a highly-charged shock for the express purpose of inflicting pain. S32

 (KGT 65):  Of similar shape to a spear, but utterly distinct, is the painstik, {'oy'naQ}, a long staff that emits a powerful (and painful) jolt of electricity ('ul). Though not an implement of ancient origins (its use of electricity attests to that), it is nonetheless usually used ceremonially, playing an important role in the {nentay cha'DIch}, or Second Rite of Ascension, as well as the {SonchIy}, a ceremony associated with a leader's death. Its use is not restricted to ritual, however; it is also used to help keep large animals under control. Though never part of the traditional Klingon arsenal, its potential effectiveness justifies classifying it as a weapon.

Painstiks are used by Klingon guards to control prisoners in jails, courtrooms and on Rura Pente in 2152. (ENT "Judgment")

Painstiks are also used by Orion guards to control slaves and prisoners in the processing station on Verex III (ENT "Borderland"); by Tandaran guards to control Suliban prisoners at Detention Complex 26 (ENT "Detained"); and by Breen guards to control prisoners during the Dominion war. (DS9 "Till Death Do Us Part")

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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