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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qa'vaQ

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, June 26, 2013
> Klingon word: qa'vaQ
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: weapon training using a hoop and stick
> Source: KGT (224 KE, 243 EK, 254 EK)

Traditional Klingon game involving throwing a {ghIntaq} spear through a rolling a half-meter hoop that hones the skills of the hunt.  Seen in TNG "Birthright II".

KGT 111-12:  The expression [{vIHtaH gho} "The hoop is moving"] comes from a maneuver used for hunting practice known as the {qa'vaQ} in which a hoop ({gho}) is rolled and one tries to throw a stick through it while it is moving. The verb {vIH} ("move, be in motion") can be applied to any sort of motion. In this case, it refers to the motion associated with the hoop in this exercise, namely rolling. In the idiom, the verb occurs with the suffix {-taH} (continuous), implying that the hoop continues to roll for a period of time (though it will not do so forever).

KGT 64:  The {ghIntaq}, for example, is a battle spear, though it is also used ceremonially. The shaft of a spear is the {tIH}; the sharp tip or spearhead is the {QIn}. ... Some spears are simply thrust into an oncoming enemy. Others are generally thrown. The thrower first lowers the spear to a horizontal position (the verb describing this action is {ghuS}), then hurls it with great force (throw or hurl in this manner is {chuH}) ... The object of the verb is the intended target: {jagh chuH SuvwI'} ("The warrior spears the enemy", or "The warrior throws [a spear] at the enemy"). One way to indicate that the target is actually hit is to add the suffix {-chu'} (perfectly) to the verb: {jagh chuHchu' SuvwI'} ("The warrior spears the enemy perfectly, The warrior hits the enemy [with a thrown spear]"). 

Some useful game-related vocabulary:

Quj		game (n)
ghol 		opponent (n)

qaD 		challenge (v)
'ov 		compete (v)
Quj		play a game {v}
pe''egh 	keep score (v)
Qap 		win (v)
luj  		lose (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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