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Re: Klingon WOTD: 'oy' (v)

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Sunday, October 20, 2002.
>Klingon word:   'oy'
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     ache, hurt, be sore

{'oy'} (v.) in canon:

   Will it hurt? TKD

   loQ 'oy'DI' SuvwI' bepbe'
   A warrior does not complain about physical discomfort.

   "The Federation Standard word 'discomfort' somewhat distorts the meaning
    of the Klingon, which refers to a warrior 'aching slightly'." (TKW:46)

   'oy'be'lu'chugh Qapbe'lu'
   No pain, no gain. TKW

   bImoH. 'oy' mInDu'wIj
   You're ugly. My eyes ache. KGT

   I ache. (ST Continuum: KLS)

{'oy'moH} "inflict pain" (v.) in canon:

   SIQwI' lu'oy'moHmeH juppu'Daj 'oy'naQmey lo' chaH
   The Painstik is employed by friends of the recipient... S32

   chIch vay' 'oy'moHmeH 'oy'naQ 'ul law' tlhuD 'oH
   Painstiks...emit a highly-charged shock for the express purpose of
    inflicting pain. S32

The description of the Klingon agonizer is also relevant:

   "Klingon technology has produced two weapons used, as far as is known,
    only by the Klingons themselves... The second distinctly Klingon weapon
    is the {QIghpej}, a hand-held device that produces excruciating pain
    when pressed up against an adversary." (KGT:55)

Verbs with similar meanings include {'aw'} "sting" and {bech} "suffer".

Note that there's a homophonous noun {'oy'} "ache, pain, sore":

   'oy' DaSIQjaj!
   May you endure the pain! PK

   yIn DayajmeH 'oy' yISIQ.
   To understand life, endure pain. TKW

which appears as an element in the nouns {Ho''oy'} "toothache" and 
{'oy'naQ} "painstik".

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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