[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: mov

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Aug 18 11:08:39 PDT 2022

(KGT 58):  On the toe of each high boot (DaS), likewise made of animal hide (DIr), was a clawlike spike called a {pu'}. The word {pu'} now means phaser, and the newer meaning probably developed from the older spike because of the lightning speed with which one delivered a blow with the sharp {pu'}.  In contemporary Klingon, the spike on the toe of a boot is always called a {DaSpu'} (boot spike), never {pu'} alone.

I noticed that too the last last time I saw that episode, but I think this is the first time anyone else has mentioned it here.   I suspect that that vestigial claw is/was also called a {pu’}, though I suppose *{qampu’} is clearer until Maltz tells us otherwise.

From: Ed Bailey

{mov} reminds me of a Klingon word we really should have. In TNG "Ethics" is a close-up of Worf's bare feet, and he has a lump of flesh about a centimeter tall on top of each foot at the location corresponding to the {DaSpu'} on a Klingon boot.* I feel certain there is a Klingon word for this anatomical feature.

*I can't help but imagine this anatomical feature is the vestige of a claw, and that Klingon bootspikes celebrate (and replace) this former claw and are constructed to avoid unnecessary discomfort. Worf's Starfleet boots lacked spikes, but presumably they fit comfortably.


On Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Steven Boozer <sboozer at uchicago.edu<mailto:sboozer at uchicago.edu>> wrote:
> Klingon word: mov
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: top of foot
> Source: KGT

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