[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: bol

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Dec 19 08:17:02 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, December 18, 2022

Klingon word: 	bol
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	drool

(HQ 12.4:8):  If {tlhepQe'} "saliva" is produced, one is said to{tIl} "salivate". If the {tlhepQe'} involuntarily escapes one's lips and dribbles down one's chin, one is said to {bol} "drool." 

(KGT 147):  In its nonslang sense, {bol} does not take an object: {bolpu'} ("He/she has drooled").

bolwI'  		traitor (slang n.) (n) 
bol  		betray [someone] (slang v.)

(KGT 147):  This word actually means "drooler" -- that is, one who drools. The nonslang word meaning traitor is {maghwI'} (literally, "one who betrays"). Probably because of the parallel formation of {bolwI'} and {maghwI'} ... the verb {bol} (drool) is sometimes used to mean betray, as if it were equivalent to {magh}. In this usage, {bol}, like {magh}, may take an object; that is, the sentence may indicate who is betrayed:  {mumaghpu'} ("He/she has betrayed me") or {mubolpu'} ("He/she has betrayed me"; literally, "He/she has drooled me").

During the US Civil War southerners working for the Union against the Confederacy were called boll weevils - an insect which destroys cotton crops by burrowing into the cotton bloom (known as a boll), ruining the plant from the inside.

tIl		salivate (v)
tuy' 		spit (v)
tlhIS 		spit out (v)

tlhepQe' 	saliva (n)
'IqnaH 		mucus (n)
qo'qaD 		phlegm (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from recent qep’a’mey 
    or qepHommey. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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