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Re: Klingon WOTD: mI' (n)

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Tuesday, December 31, 2002.
>Klingon word:   mI'
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     number

Examples from canon:

   nuq mI'lIj, tera'ngan?
   What is your number, Terran? CK

And, for those interested, there's a brief note on Klingon {mI'mey} in KGT 

   The independent words for the numbers three through nine were not originally
   a part of the Klingon counting system, but they had to come from somewhere.
   The musical scale is the likely source. The word for the fourth musical 
   {loS}, began to be used for the number four, and so on through the 
eighth tone,
   {chorgh}. (The origins of the words {Hut} [nine] and the suffix {-maH}, used
   in the words for ten, twenty, thirty, and so on, are obscure.)

Voragh                            "Damage control is easy. Reading 
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons      hard!"         (Montgomery Scott to 
Kirk, STIV)

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