[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: QemjIq

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Sep 27 08:26:13 PDT 2022

Klingon word: 	QemjIq
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	hole
Source: 	Agnieszka Solska email to KLI mailing list containing a list of new words (Jan 26th 2012)

(MO to Agnieszka, 1/02/2012):  hole (like a hole in the ground) is {QemjIq}. This can also be used for the hollow in a tree.  {qung}, the word for hole in a musical instrument, can't be used for a hole in the ground, but it could be used for a bullet hole or a hole in a shirt (including buttonholes, moth holes, accidental rips, etc.) or a hole in the roof.  You can fill ({teb}) a {QemjIq}, but not a {qung}. 

(qepHom 2019):  use {ghaw} [excavate, dig ] when the object is the resulting hole; use {tlhan} [dig] when the object is the material being removed

(MO interviewed by Lieven, 11/12/2013):  {qorgh} is to stop up, to fill a hole. You can stop up a hole, but not fill it in with dirt. That would be {teb}.  {qorgh} is to stop up an opening somehow. It's like filling in, and not put stuff inside.

(MO interviewed by Lieven, 10/29/2015):  To "staple" papers together is to {rar} them. To use a stapler or hole punch ("perforator, hole punch" {nIqDob}), you {qIp} [hit with hand, etc.] it or {'uy} [press down] it or {ngaH} ("squeeze") it, depending on the device.  [...]  The hole punch will {ghID} ("pierce, perforate") the paper (or other material). 

“A pretty far-fetched pun from the Beatles song A Day in the Life: ‘four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire’ (read black + burn = {qIj meQ} backwards).” (Lieven, 3/16/2017)

qung 		hole in a musical instrument (n) 

‘olQan 		gap, [i.e. a space] (n)
DIn 		open entryway (to corridor, tunnel, conduit, Jeffries tube, etc.) (n)
Daqrab 		well (n)
joSraD 		crater (n)

The First Rule of Holes:  "When you find yourself in a hole — stop digging."

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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