This page shows Klingon words. For explanations, see grammatical terms.

Linguistic terms in Klingon

No language can completely and precisely cover the intricacies of specific domains of knowledge; often, it requires a group interested in the topic to come to concensus on what means what. In some languages, like English and German, new words are freely allowed into the vernacular, usually by combining two other words, or adding some prefixes or suffixes (or even deriving words from acronyms, etc).

We don't have the luxury of being able to necessarily craft new words ourselves, but to discuss the intricacies of the Klingon language, in Klingon, it's probably useful to work from the same page, so we can know what we're trying to convey, in a consistent manner.


For a very long time, we only had basic words from TKD (noun, verb, leftovers), but the special grammatical terms were missing, so some KLI members had come up with the following ways to describe those terms. At qep'a' 2019, some new useful terms have appeared.

term suggestion meaning credit canon term source
subject vangwI' thing which acts general SeSor qep'a' 2019
direct object DoS target Steven Boozer 'ovmay qep'a' 2019
indirect object - - - vI'Hop qep'a' 2019
transitive verb qIpbogh wot hitting verb Steven Boozer not known
intransitive verb qIpbe'bogh wot not-hitting verb Steven Boozer not known
adjective DelmeH wot verb for describing Steven Boozer and Paul Clegg not known
noun - - - DIp TKD
verb - - - wot TKD
pronoun DIp lIw noun replacement Steven Boozer lIw mu' qep'a' 2020
adverb - - - qunI' qep'a' 2020
sentence - - - mu'tlhegh TKD
paragraph mu'tlhegh'a' major sentence David Barron not known
clause mu'tlheghHom minor sentence general not known
interrogative yu'bogh mu' interrogating word Glen Proechel not known
define (verb) 'oS represent Steven Boozer not known

Steven Boozer thought it seems appropriate that Klingons would expect their verbs to have "targets". If verbs take targets, it seems only correct that they would be considered verbs that 'hit' them. Steven Boozer notes he's used Qaybogh wot before, though.
Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 11 Aug 2020, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 24 Mar 2014 by KlingonTeacher
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