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Re: Klingon WOTD: 'aqnaw (noun)

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Thursday, November 3, 2005.
>Klingon word:   'aqnaw
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     type of knife (general purpose)
>Additional Notes:
>Note pun: Late-night TV ads, often seen advertising knives: "Act now!"
>KGT p. 97.  A general, all-purpose knife that seems to be able to cut 
>through practically anything is a {'aqnaw}.

Nothing to add WRT the knife, but "general purpose" or "multi-purpose" can 
be translated as {lo' law'} "many use(s)".  This was used twice on the BOP 
Poster, translated as "utility":

   cha' choQmey naQ tu'lu' 'ej tep choQ bIngDaq lo' law' bID choQ tu'lu'
   2 Full Decks and a Half Utility Deck under the Cargo Deck

   lo' law' lojmIt
   utility hatch

Note {lo' law'} precedes the noun it modifies as in any noun+noun 
phrase.  So we can say:

   lo' law' tlhIngan taj 'oH 'aqnaw'e'.
   The {'aqnaw} is a general purpose Klingon knife.

   tlhIngan lo' law' taj 'oH 'aqnaw'e'.
   The {'aqnaw} is a Klingon multi-purpose knife.

Another option might be {le'be'} "be unexceptional, be nonspecific, be 
general" as in {nav HablI' le'be'} "general FAX" (vs. a private machine; 
cf. HQ 5.2).

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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