A loanword is a word adopted from one language and incorporated into another language without translation.(1)

General Loanwords

There are several English words that we know the Klingon spelling for, without these words being "true" Klingon words. This usually happens with words that we (or Klingons) like to talk about, but there is no Klingon equivalent to it. Basically, these are just transcriptions of English words.

Klingon Translation Source
baDjer Hajvav badger qepHom 2022
bagh'et baguette qepHom 2022
bewbeb baobab The Little Prince
bIqIynIy bikini qepHom 2022
Da'lar dollar qep'a' 2020
ghIlaSnoS glasnost The Klingon Way
ghormaghenDer gormagander (fictional space animal from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017
gho'lIv golf qep'a' 2022
Human human TKD
jeghwar jaguar qepHom 2022
jeS jazz qepHom 2016
jIn yopwaH jeans qepHom 2022
layyan lion qepHom 2022
lI'lIy lily qep'a' 2020
panDa' panda bear qepHom 2022
po'lo yIvbeH polo shirt qepHom 2022
qa'mel camel qepHom 2021
qa'nabIS cannabis qepHom 2021
qatra' katra (vulcan thing from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017
ro'Sa' rose The Little Prince
Sam shawm (music instrument) qepHom 2018
SIQab'el Scrabble (the game) qepHom 2018
tarDIghaD tardigrade Kaspersky (2)
taygher tiger qepHom 2022
wI'qIy Wiki (3)
yuryum yurium (fictional explosive from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017
'anISyum anicium (fictional explosive from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017
'eSpeD spade (deck of cards) qepHom 2014
'ewro euro (monetary unit) Miniatur Wunderland
'e'levan elephant (4)
'Internet Internet qepHom 2014

Note that although the word 'Internet is shown in this list, Maltz insisted that it is a Klingon word when Marc Okrand asked him about it.

Food vocabulary

Most of the words for Terran food which were published in the TalkNow software are also loanwords.
➞ See main article food vocabulary

See also


1 : Loanword on Wikipedia, retrieved on 01 Aug 2017

2 : qep'a' wish list, reprinted in qepHom 2015 2015 booklet, p.14

3 : Message to Lieven on, of 01 Aug 2017

4 : First used in Die Sendung mit der Maus, published at qep'a' 2017

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