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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: be'nI'

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, June 08, 2015
> Klingon word: be'nI'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: sister

DuraS tuq tlhIngan yejquv patlh luDub 'e' reH lunIDtaH
 DuraS be'nI'pu' lurSa' be'etor je. 
The sisters of the House of Duras, Lursa and B'Etor,
 are constantly seeking a higher standing for the House
 of Duras within the Klingon High Council. S26

ngoQvam luchavmeH ghawran maghpu' be'nI'pu' 
To this end, the sisters have acted against Gowron...
 in order to gain power. S26

MO's email to Lieven (11/15/2010):  There was another question about whether ?{loDnI'nal} and ?{be'nI'nal} could be brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Maltz said he didn't think there were specific words for these concepts. He said to just describe the relationship: {loDnI' loDnal} and {be'nI' loDnal} for brother-in-law and {loDnI' be'nal} and {be'nI' be'nal} for sister-in-law. He said you could even say things like {be'nal loDnI' be'nal} "wife's brother's wife". 


loDnI'  		brother (n):
 - ghobchuq loDnI'pu'
    "The Brothers Battle One Another"
    (i.e. the famous Kahless and Morath statue) (KCD)
 - qeylIS loDnI' 'opleS chovan 
    One day, brother Kahless, you will bow before me. (PB 58-59)
 - ghomchuqqa' loDnI'pu' vav je
    [translation wanting] (PB 103, 203)

puqnI' 		grandchild (n)
  puqnI'be'  	  granddaughter (n)
  puqnI'loD  	  grandson (n)
SoSnI' 		grandmother (n)
vavnI' 		grandfather (n)

*{nI'} and *{nal} seem to be bound morphemes - only occurring in compound nouns, never on their own -  meaning a relation by blood or marriage respectively.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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