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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, April 02, 2015
> Klingon word: ro'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: fist

KGT 63:  These words, {DeS} and {ghIt}, when referring to humanoid anatomy, mean arm and open, flat hand (as opposed to a fist)

KGT 69:  To challenge one to a duel to the death, one hits one's adversary with the back of the hand ({chap}). If one is hitting someone for some other reason, such as simple enjoyment, one uses the fist ({ro'}).

KGT 74-5:  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'}.

  ro'lIj HI'ang 
  Show me your fist! KGT
  ["an idiomatic expression used to challenge someone to take action in
   a manner consistent with something he or she has just said." (KGT 195)]

  moratlh ro' 
  Morath's Fist (type of torpedo found on the B'rel-class Bird of Prey)
   (BOP Haynes)

DeS			arm (n)
ghop		  	hand [general] (n)
  ghIt		  open, flat hand (n)
  toch		  palm (of hand) (n)
  chap		  back (of hand) (n)
nItlh			finger (n)
nItlhpach		fingernail (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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