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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: loDnal

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, June 13, 2013
> Klingon word: loDnal
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: husband

  loDnal HIghoS 
  Husband, come here. KGT 

KGT 199:  The word for husband is {loDnal} and that for wife is {be'nal}. Though there are occasional exceptions, for the most part, neither of these words is used in direct address (in a sentence such as {loDnal HIghoS} ["Husband, come here"]) and neither of them typically takes the suffix of endearment {-oy} (as in {be'naloy} ["wifey"]).

Okrand emailed Lieven on 11/15/2010:

  There was another question about whether {loDnI'nal} and
  {be'nI'nal} could be "brother-in-law" and "sister-in-law".
  Maltz said he didn't think there were specific words for
  these concepts. He said to just describe the relationship:
  {loDnI' loDnal} and {be'nI' loDnal} for brother-in-law and
  {loDnI' be'nal} and {be'nI' be'nal} for sister-in-law. He
  said you could even say things like {be'nal loDnI' be'nal}
  "wife's brother's wife".

Martok compared getting married to a war breaking out: "A long, grueling, intoxicating war."  Although Martok has won his fair share of battles over the course of his marriage, he knows that in the end his wife Sirella will win the war. (DS9 "Strange Bedfellows")

Related words:

be'nal	wife (n)
tlhogh 	marriage (n)

Saw  		marry (groom does this) (v)

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