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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, October 28, 2013
> Klingon word: nItlhpach
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: flat end of pigment stick

KGT 80f.:  This may be done either by using fingers ({nItlhDu'}) or an implement called a {rItlh naQ} (pigment stick), a stick with flattened ends. The ends (sometimes referred to as the {nItlhpachDu'] [literally, "fingernails"]) are made in assorted sizes, making it possible to produce varied patterns. No doubt because of the phonetic similarity of the words {nItlh} (finger) and {rItlh} (pigment), the practice of applying pigment with fingers, and the habit of referring to the ends of pigment sticks as {nItlhpachDu'}, a pigment stick is also often called a {nItlh naQ} (literally, "finger stick"), though this term is used almost exclusively by the artisans themselves. The word {DIj} means "use a {rItlh naQ}, paint with a {rItlh naQ}" ... The verb {ngoH}, meaning "smear" in other contexts, is used for paint using fingers.

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