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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: baS 'In

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, April 01, 2015
> Klingon word: baS 'In
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: bell (percussion instrument made of metal)
> Source:

KGT 74f.:    "There are a great many Klingon percussion instruments--that is, instruments that make a sound as a result of something striking something else. Klingons seem to enjoy playing the percussion instruments more than instruments of other types. Among these are various drums and bells. The general term for a percussion instrument of any kind is {'In}. Some types of 'In are struck with the hand, either palm ({toch}) or fist ({ro'}), depending on the particular instrument. To hit the instrument with the palm is {weq}; to strike it with the fist is {tlhaw'}. Other members of this group of instruments are hit with a stick of some kind. The stick often resembles a small hammer; when it does, it is termed {mupwI'Hom} (literally, "small striker"). A plain stick is a {naQHom} (literally, "small cane" or "small staff)". To strike the instrument with a stick is to {moq} (beat) the instrument. The {'In} itself may be made entirely of metal (in which case it might be described as a bell, though in Klingon it is simply termed {baS 'In}, or "metal {'In}")...

Other types of {'Inmey} are the {DIr 'In} drum (percussion instrument with a stretched animal skin) and the {Sor Hap 'In} (a type of percussion instrument made of wood).

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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