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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: SaQ

Steven Boozer (

>> Klingon word: SaQ
>> Part of speech: verb
>> Definition: cry

Anthony Appleyard:
> The English word "cry" can be ambiguous. Does {SaQ} mean "boohoo" or
> "shout out loud"?

Okrand discussed this in HolQeD: 

HQ 12.4 p9:  For Klingons, even though there is a word for cry ({SaQ}), there is no word for tear or tears, undoubtedly because Klingons have no tear ducts. [mentioned in ST6] The only thing Maltz could think of that eyes do from time to time is redden ({DoqchoH}, literally "become red" or "change to red").

  'IwlIj jachjaj 
  May your blood scream! CK

  jach SuvwI' 'e' yIQoy! 
  Hear the warrior cry out! TKW

  Heghtay lulop latlh tlhInganpu'. Heghtay luloptaHvIS chaH chaq bey SeQ lujach 
  other Klingons may perform a ceremonial howl or yell as part of the Klingon death ritual. S31

  beyHom bey bey'a' jachtaH latlh tlhInganpu' 
  others [Klingons] roar in a great crescendo. S31

  pan qeylIS betleH 'ej jach molor 'etlh 
  Kahless's batlh'etlh sparks and Molor's sword roars. ('U'-OPERA)

  "true screamer", Master of the Scream PB
  (i.e. the traditional narrator role in Klingon opera (PB xvii))

  ghIq jach qa'rol 
  Then the {qa'rol} raises voice PB

And speaking of birds, cf. {cha'qu'} "a bird with a noisy, repetitive cry" (HQ 10.4).

Presumably {SaQ} is used to describe alien, not Klingon, behavior.  For "shout out loud" use {jach} "scream, cry out, shout, yell".  

Note that {jach} is one of the verbs of speech beginning with {ja-}:  ja' "tell, report, say", {ja'chuq} "discuss", {jatlh} "say, speak, {jang} "answer, reply", {jaw} "chat", {jat} "speak incoherently, mumble (slang)" - as well as the noun {jat} "tongue".

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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