[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: QIb

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Thu Oct 20 07:51:05 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	QIb
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	shadow
Source: 	TKD

lujang maS'e' loQ So'be'bogh QIb lurur 
they reply, shaped as the crescent moon  (PB)

(KGT 47):  there are a number of specific words relating to specific types of battle or engagement. … Arranged in ascending order of ferocity, they are: {Qor, tlhaS, vay, lul, Hargh}.  If Klingons engaged in shadowboxing, {Qor} might be appropriately applied…

And since it's almost Halloween in the States, IIRC {QIb} has been used by some people for ghost.  However:

(MO to Lieven, 11/23?/08):  {nIyma'} is the Klingon word for phantom or apparition -- something that seems to appear, but isn't really there.  It's not the same as ghost, which is the spirit of a dead person (and may or may not look like that person, or may not be visible at all), and it's not the same as spirit (or {qa'}), which is sort of a life force within a person (that escapes when a person dies and may exist somewhere somehow). He said using {qa'} for ghost was OK, but I got the impression there may be another word as well (though he didn't offer one).  He said that although the word doesn't really mean invited guest that doesn't show up, it made a lot of sense to him to use {nIyma'} to refer to such a person.

*lomqa' 	ghost (n) [TKH & KBTP]
qatra' 		*katra* (i.e. living Vulcan spirit) (n) [(qepHom 2017]

qa’ bIQ Duj  	Barge of the Dead (n) [PB]
qa' Duj  	ghost ship (n) [DSC]
qa' qo'  		underworld, afterlife, realm of the dead (n) [PB]

'elI'jaH 		uninvited guest, unexpected visitor (n)

Hurgh 		be dark (v)
nargh 		appear (v)
SaH 		be present (v)
wu’ 		be mystical, esoteric, occult (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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