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Re: Klingon WOTD: QIghpej (n)

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Friday, September 6, 2002.
>Klingon word:   QIghpej
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     Klingon agonizer
>Additional Notes:
>A palm-sized device used in interrogations ("Day of the Dove" [TOS]).
>KGT p. 55.  A hand-held device that produces excruciating pain when 
>pressed up against an adversary.

For those interested, here's the full quote from KGT (p.55):

   Klingon technology has produced two weapons used, as far as is known,
   only by the Klingons themselves. The {tuQDoq}, variously translated
   as "mind-sifter" or "mind-ripper," is a device that can read the
   contents of a subject's brain. It is considered a weapon because, at
   higher powers, it leaves the victim in a permanent vegetative state
   (though it does not seem to have this effect against those with
   particularly strong mental faculties, such as Vulcans). The second
   distinctly Klingon weapon is the {QIghpej}, a hand-held device that
   produces excruciating pain when pressed up against an adversary.

William Shatner had a nice line in his novel "The Ashes of Eden":

   You might as well go to Earth to buy a QIghpej.

to refer to an exercise in futility.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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