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

Steven Boozer (

> >> Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, April 14, 2015
> >>
> >> Klingon word: tIq
> >> Part of speech: verb
> >> Definition: be long, be lengthy (of an object)

>> N.B. Don't confuse with the noun {tIq} "heart".  For time[] 
>> use {nI'} "be long, be lengthy (duration)".
>> bIQtIq       river
>> bIQ'a'  	ocean 

> I wonder if this might be a sign into how Marc Okrand viewed the
> construction of words from more basic parts early on in the language's
> development (or, if you like, how early Klingons constructed words).
> {bIQtIq} *seems* to be the construction "long water", and {bIQ'a'}
> *seems* to be "big/grand/important water". 

Other Okrandian {bIQ} compounds are:

bIQDep  		fish ["water being" or non-fish like creature?;
                  cf. also {ghotI'} "the most general word for fish")
bIQSIp  		hydrogen ["water gas"]
bIQtIqHom  	stream (from the *paq'batlh*)

Interestingly Okrand hasn't used *{bIQHom}... yet.  

And there's also {ngeng} "lake", {SoD} "flood" and {yu'egh} "wave" which have nothing etymologically to do with {bIQ} "water".

> Of course, {bIQtIq} might also have been "water's heart", or
> perhaps the last part's just a coincidental homophone with no
> relation to any word {tIq}.

Though how "water's heart" leads to "river" I can't imagine.

> Some related words for {tIq} are {woch}, {'ab}, and {'aD}.

Thanks for these.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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