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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, January 15, 2015
> Klingon word: QaD
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: be dry, be dried out

'IgnaH QaD 
dry mucus (HQ 12.4)

QaD puq 
The child is dry. KGT

vengHom QaD 
dry village KGT

'Iw bIQtIqvo' toS SuvwI' yoH puH QaDDaq paw 
The fearless warrior climbs out of the blood onto dry land. PB

KGT 85:  A vegetable or fruit that is {baQ} (fresh, just picked, just fallen off the plant), on the other hand, is not as favored as one that is {DeH} (ripe, though overripe might be closer to the mark) or even {QaD} (dry, dried out)." (KGT 85)

KGT 161:  Literally meaning "be dry", the word {QaD} may be applied to just about anything: a person, object, place, and so forth. For example, {QaD puq} ("The child is dry") means that the child is safe; {vengHom QaD} ("dry village") means that the village is protected. This slang meaning may have developed in part because of the Klingon association of water with weakness (as opposed to the strength of blood or ale, for that matter) and in part because of the phonetic similarity of {QaD} to {Qan} ("protect"). In the Krotmag dialect, source of many idiomatic expressions, {QaD} would be pronounced almost as if {Qan} (see the chapter on "The Fiction of Klingon Conformity", under "Pronunciation," pages 18-23).

See also:

yIQ 		be wet
char 		be slimy
jeD 		be thick/dense/viscous

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