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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, June 28, 2015
> Klingon word: SoSnI'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: grandmother

AFAIK never used in canon.

KGT 33:  [{-oy}] is usually used with the terms for parents and other relatives ({vavoy}, "Daddy"; {SoSoy}, "Mommy"; {vavnI'oy}, "Grandpa," etc.)...

*{nI'} seems to be a bound morpheme in compound nouns meaning "blood relative":  e.g. {be'nI'} sister, {loDnI'} brother, {puqnI'} grandchild (also {puqnI'be'} granddaughter & {puqnI'loD} grandson), {SoSnI'} grandmother, {vavnI'} grandfather.

Compare with {*nal} another bound morpheme meaning "relative by marriage":  e.g. {be'nal} wife, {loDnal} husband, {'IrneHnal} & {tennuSnal} uncles by marriage, {'e'mamnal} & {me'nal} aunts by marriage, {'e'nal} "one who married into the family" (i.e. an "in-law").  Cf. HQ 9.3: "{'e'nal} ... does not specify the exact relationship".

One could speculate a general noun ?{'e'nI'} "one who is related by blood".

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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