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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, July 11, 2015
> Klingon word: toch
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: palm (of hand)

  "The gloves did not have fingers. They were designed to protect the palm, back of the hand, and wrist, but to not interfere with the mobility of a warrior's fingers. Modern gloves (poghmey) generally adhere to this design." (KGT 58)

KGT 74f.:  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'}.

N.B. not the same as {ghIt} "open, flat hand; ax head/blade":

KGT 63:  The general term for ax is {'obmaQ}. Its handle is its {DeS} and its blade is its {ghIt}. These words, {DeS} and {ghIt}, when referring to humanoid anatomy, mean arm and open, flat hand (as opposed to a fist), respectively, suggesting that at one time the ax was considered an extension of the warrior himself.

  yuDHa'; ghIt rur 
  honest as an open hand KGT

DeS			arm
ghop			hand [general term}
chap			back (of hand)
ghIt 			open flat hand
ro'			fist
nItlh			finger	
nItlhpach 		fingernail

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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