[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: nan

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jan 24 07:19:05 PST 2023

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Klingon word: 	nan
Part of speech: 	verb
Definition: 	use the fourth toe
Source: 	HQ (10:2 p11)

One of the toe verbs. The others are {mar/marwI'} big toe, {Hom/HomwI'} second toe, {roS/roSwI'} third toe, and {Qay'/Qay'wI'} little toe.

(HQ 10.2:11):  The verbs {nan} "use the fourth toe" and {nan} "gouge" are probably etymologically related, since {nan} is used to refer to a particularly effective martial arts kick.

 (KGT 79):  Statues are carved of stone ({nagh}, rock, stone) by various techniques. Thus, among other things, the sculptor ({Hew chenmoHwI'} [literally, "statue creator") may {nan} (gouge), {tey} (scrape), or {ghItlh} (engrave).

PUN:  "This little piggy had none"

nan  		gouge (v)
nanwI'  		chisel (n)
nanwI'  		fourth toe (n)

mI' 		do martial arts movements, calisthenics, etc. (v)
pup 		kick (v)

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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