[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: HurDagh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 7 08:01:17 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, November 07, 2022

Klingon word: 	HurDagh
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	stringed instrument (general term)
Source: 	KGT

(KGT 76):  Finally, a fourth type of instrument is one with strings, a {HurDagh}. Each string is a {SIrgh}, a word also used for any thread or filament. A {SIrgh} of the finest quality is made from a material secreted by insects, similar to the silk produced by silkworms. To produce music, one may either pluck ({pang}) or strum ({yach}, which also means stroke or pet) the strings. The tone produced is varied by touching the string or strings at various points while plucking or strumming. The verb used for this, perhaps translatable as to finger, is the same as the one used for wind instruments: {Heng}. The word {HurDagh} refers to any of these stringed instruments, of which there are several different types, the most commonly found being the relatively small {Supghew}. The midsize {leSpal} is fairly widely used, while the large {tIngDagh} is rarely heard except in conjunction with the performance of an opera.

One of these stringed instruments - possibly the small {Supghew} - was seen being played by the singing Klingon Chef in DS9 "Melora."

See also the {ngItHel}, a type of musical instrument which “is plucked, strummed, or bowed”, played with a {ngItHel naQ}, a bow (qepHom 2019).

PUN:  hurdy gurdy?

chu' 		play (a musical instrument; general term) (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
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