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
bewbeb baobab The Little Prince
Da'lar dollar qep'a' 2020
ghormaghenDer gormagender (fictive space animal from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017
lI'lIy lily qep'a' 2020
qatra' katra (vulcan thing from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017
ro'Sa' rose The Little Prince
tarDIghaD tardigrade Kaspersky (2)
Sam shawm (music instrument) qepHom 2018
SIQab'el Scrabble (the game) qepHom 2018
wI'qIy Wiki (3)
yuryum yurium (fictive explosive from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017
'e'levan elephant (4)
'anISyum anicium (fictive explosive from Star Trek) DSC, qepHom 2017

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

Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 17 Aug 2020, by HemeHeqIS    Created: 02 Aug 2017 by KlingonTeacher
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