[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: taQbang

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue May 31 07:59:23 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, May 30, 2022

Klingon word: 	taQbang
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	exhaust

Apparently the matter/substance being exhausted/ejected.

taQbang  	urine,  fecal matter (n. slang)
  - often used with {vuj} "expel, eject" (v) (qep’a’ 2016).
(Kauderwelsch Klingonisch in re “going to the bathroom” [p.109]):  {taQbang ghIm} is the basic structure. You can, of course, substitute {turmIq} ["urine "] or {qeQ} ["fecal matter"] in for {taQbang} if that's what you really want to say. So you can say things like {DaH jImej. turmIq vIghImnIS}.  Maltz said Klingons don't have euphemisms for this sort of thing. On the other hand, there is a slang expression or idiom that's used from time to time, though mostly (but hardly always) by or to kids: {qIvon belmoH} (as in {DaH jImej. qIvonwIj vIbelnISmoH} and the like). You might ask a child who's a little jittery {belHa''a' qIvonlIj?}. Most people say {qIvon}, though some say {qIvonDu'}. Maltz says he has no idea why this expression has this slang meaning, given what he knows about his own {qIvonDu'}. As with idioms in general, you can't substitute one word for another (unless you're playing word games). So saying something like {qIvonwIj vIQuchnISmoH} could only refer to making your {qIvon} happy, assuming it's possible to do such a thing.

ghImwI' 	exhaust [the device?] (n)
yIb 		vent (n)
pugh 		dregs (n)

ghIm  		exile (v)  [also exhaust?]
tlhuch 		exhaust (v)
nIj 		leak (v)
Qoy' 		spill (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last 
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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