[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Somraw

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Oct 28 07:54:00 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	Somraw
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	muscle

toH, SomrawDu' Dunqu'!
Oh, what wonderful muscles! (ST5 DVD, extra "making of" feature)

SomrawDu'Daj teb qajunpaQ 
His muscles filled with rage (PB)

Listed as a "commonly eaten part" of animals (KGT 88)

The *Somraw* was a Raptor-class Klingon scoutship with a crew of 12 rescued from the atmosphere of a gas giant by the Enterprise in 2151. This is not the same as a Bird of Prey, which were also referred to in the episode. (ENT "Sleeping Targs")

The name *Somraw* may come from another Klingon dialect than the one we study.  (Apparently 22nd century Klingon has "eighty polyguttural dialects constructed on an adaptive syntax" [ENT “Broken Bow”], Hoshi only updated the Enterprise's universal translator database with seven of them [ENT “Augments”].)  Hoshi said that the engine room was called the "reactor pit"; that *quee nagah* means "impulse drive"; that pressure was falling in the *j'khat bah*, the "fusion manifold"; and that *ka'tahl* can mean wall, barrier or hull. 

Hom  		bone (n)
HomHap tun 	cartilage (n)
melchoQ 	bone marrow (n)
nobmeD 	skeleton (n)
to'waQ 		ligament, tendon (n)

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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