[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nav vaH

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Jan 23 07:14:05 PST 2023

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, January 22, 2023

Klingon word: nav vaH
Part of speech: noun
Definition: envelope (paper cover)
Source: qepHom 2015 p.18

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(MO > Lieven wrote (10/29/2015), qepHom 2015):  Here are some more words related to paper: a letter, that is a message written on a sheet of paper and sent to someone is a {nav QIn}.  An envelope is called {nav vaH}.  In context, {vaH} by itself is enough.  The word {vaH} can actually be used for everything you put something inside of it. It's a cover for it.

(Lieven, 11/5/2015):  I asked Okrand about this [at qepHom 2015], and he first said "Why can't a thing have two words?" He later went into detail, saying that a {vaH} can be used for any kind of cover you use to put things in, for instance also a CD sleeve. The {vaH} is usually a finished piece of material. The word {qatwI'} is a more literal translation of the meaning "envelope". Sometimes you can look at an envelope and see how it's made: it's a piece of paper wrapping around something. Next Okrand said that if there were a Klingon-Klingon dictionary, {nav qatwI'} would be a good description for a {nav vaH}. 

(qepHom 2015 p.18):  
MO:  The verb {vev} means "insert, put in", so the stapler is literally a device that "puts in" the staple ({Ha'on}) into the paper.  …  
LLL:   What else can I {vev}? 
MO:  You could put the letter in the envelope. Or put a pen into a pen holder.

nav  		paper (n)
nav HablI'  	FAX (machine) (n)
nav qatwI'  	envelope (n) TNK
nav QIn  	letter (message) (n)

vaH  		holster, sheath, knife case (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from recent qep’a’mey 
    or qepHommey. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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