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Re: Klingon WOTD: qat (verb)

Steven Boozer (

>This is the Klingon Word Of The Day for Friday, May 11, 2007.
>Klingon word:   qat
>Part of Speech: verb
>Definition:     wrap, encase

Never used in canon.

Related verbs:

{Dech} surround; {'uch} hold, grasp; {ngaS} contain; {pID} coat (food) with 
herb mixture

>     qat (verb) - accompany (singing) with instrumental music

Never used in canon.

Cultural notes:

   Despite the variety and sophistication of Klingon musical instruments,
   most Klingon music is vocal, with or without instrumental accompaniment.
   When there is an instrumental component, the players are said to {qat}
   the song. The verb {qat} literally means "wrap, encase", the imagery
   apparently being that the instrumentation adds the final, though not
   absolutely necessary, touches.  (KGT 76)

   The drinking songs are always sung loudly (this would probably be described
   by using the term {pe'vIl} ["forcefully"]), seldom with instrumental accom-
   paniment, and they tend to be rather lengthy ({nI'}) and, from a non-Klingon
   perspective, repetitive.  (KGT 78)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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