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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, April 27, 2015
> Klingon word: jInaq
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: amulet symbolizing a girl's coming of age

Seen in TNG "Birthright Part II".

KGT 205:  For instance, the {jInaq}, an amulet given to a Klingon girl to symbolize her coming Of age, may be pronounced correctly or else "Federationized" to sound something like "gin knack," but there is no word *jinak* or the like in Federation Standard.

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KGT 150:  As this word [{ghIgh} "assignment, task, duty"] literally means "necklace", perhaps the slang usage is based on the old practice of identifying one's position within a military unit-for example, one's assignment on a ship-by means of a symbol hung on a chain worn around the neck.

KCD:  [{cha'nob}] Presents brought by a close family ally to celebrate the coming of age of a young man or woman. They are to be opened before the actual [{lopno'}] ritual, as they are believed to bring the youth strength and courage. Traditionally, the gifts include money, food, and tokens of family history. 

ghIgh 	necklace (n)
mIr 		chain (n)
mongDech 	collar (n)

nenchoH  	mature, grow up (v)
nen  		be mature, be grown-up, be adult (v)
Qup 		be young (v)

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