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Re: Klingon WOTD: mupwI' (noun)

Steven Boozer ([email protected])

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Wednesday, November 9, 2005.
>Klingon word:   mupwI'
>Part of Speech: noun
>Definition:     hammer

Used in canon:

   mupwI' yI'uchtaH
   Keep holding the hammer! TKW

In Klingon culture:

   "the hammer is a symbol of power to Klingons" (TKW 120)

   "for a Klingon, a hammer is a symbol of power. The phrase
    {HoSghaj; mupwI' rur} ('powerful as a hammer') is based
    on this notion."  (KGT 129)

{mupwI'Hom}  "mallet (for striking a musical instrument)"

{mupwI'} is of course the derived noun from {mup} "impact, strike":

   pay' HIvDI' lo'wI' pagh mupDI' QIHchu' bIH
   [They] provide a damaging surprise attack or give a devastating
    backhand stroke. SP2

Cf. also {qIp} "hit (with hand, fist, implement)" and {moq} "beat (with 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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