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Re: Klingon WOTD: wam (verb)

Steven Boozer (

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
>Klingon word:   wam
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     hunt

Used in canon:

veng chanDaq jIwam
I hunt east of the city.  (st.k 11/99)

chan vengDaq jIwam
I hunt in the city in the east.  (st.k 11/99)

'evmajDaq jIwampu'
I have hunted northwest of here. (st.k 11/99)

wam chaH.  ghIq Soj luvut.
They hunt. Then (after that) they prepare food.  (HQ 8.3)

wam chaH 'ej ghIq Soj luvut.
They hunt and then they prepare food. (HQ 8.3)

Related verbs:

{nej} "look for, seek, search for", {ghoch} "track (down)" & {Sam} "locate, 
seek and find"

Related nouns:

{gheD} prey; {wamwI'} hunter; also *{wamwI'ghom} "hunting party"?

QotDI' gheD tlhejbe' wamwI'
The hunter does not lie down with the prey. TKW

vagh SanID ben buDbe' wamwI'pu'. ngugh Ho'Du'chaj lo' chaH, 'ach DaH tajmey 
5,000 years ago, hunters were not lazy. Then (at that time) they used their 
but now they use knives. (st.k 11/99)

>Additional Notes:
>KGT p. 89.  Animals to be eaten are generally acquired by means of a hunt 
>({chon}; the verb "hunt" is {wam}).  On the other hand, Klingons generally 
>{Sep} ("breed") small animals such as {gharghmey} ("worms").

"Being hunters by nature and primarily carnivorous, Klingons have an 
extensive vocabulary for different parts of an animal, and the terminology 
is widespread." (KGT 27)

"A song sung while going to, or returning from, a hunt is a {chon bom}, or 
'hunt song'. (KGT 77)]

"if [the meat] is fresh, the `cook' may {pID} it, which involves coating it 
with herbed granulated cartilage (not necessarily from the same animal) 
mixed with some kind of {tIr} (grain) and doing very little else. The name 
of the granulated cartilage is {ngat}, which has also come to mean 
`gunpowder.' Meat prepared in this way is sometimes described as {wamwI' 
Ha'DIbaH} ('hunter's meat'), but the specific animal name is usually used 
instead of the word {Ha'DIbaH} (meat); for example, {wamwI' mIl'oD} 
('hunter's sabre bear')." (KGT 89f)

"In some restaurants, the menu ({HIDjolev}) is posted (seldom are 
individual copies available), but in most, the patrons know the regular 
fare and ask about specials, including the {DaHjaj gheD} (literally, 
'today's prey'), a dish whose components depend on what animals the 
restaurant's hunters were able to bring in." (KGT 100f.)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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