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

Steven Boozer (

>>> 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.

> You know, that's weird! I've always perceived {bIQtIq} as the 'water
> heart', as rivers somehow pump the water through the countries or
> something like that. I always thought, how poetic! I never realized
> it could've been simply 'long water' (how profane!).

Andre obviously has a better imagination than I do.  His explanation is, at least, plausible:  rivers are the land's {'aDmey} "veins" (also arteries, blood vessels, etc.?).  Visible veins full of blood appeal to Klingons:

KGT 99:  Each dish is brought to the table ({raS}) on a platter ({'elpI'}) ... The food is arranged not haphazardly but in a way that helps the food look appealing. For example, in some dishes, pieces are placed with the veins clearly visible so that the blood still inside them can be seen.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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