New words released at qep'a' 24

During qep'a' cha'maH loSDIch happening July 2017, Maltz has released lots of new words and additional information. They were distributed to the qep'a' attendees on twelve pages in a booklet, and in order to preserve the look of that book all the pages are posted as images online, on the KLI website . They were grouped in the following different topics:
  • page 3: Visual and paper patterns
  • page 4: Movements
  • page 5: Locations
  • page 6: Comfortable/Uncomfortable
  • page 7: States
  • page 8: Weather
  • page 9: Predicting the weather
  • page 10: Other
  • page 11: (Other continued)
  • page 12: (Other continued)
  • page 13: Animal sounds and how to express "that's stupid"
  • page 14: (continued)
  • page 15: a note on -Qo' and -be'

The list contains several words that were introduced in other pages before, such as the terms that were released for the Pop Culture Hero Coalition or Die Sendung mit der Maus. Some additional clarification on the words was given by Okrand during the qep'a' and published on the mailing list and Facebook groups. These are mentioned below the list.

The following table sorts them by Klingon alphabetical order. Click on one of the titles to sort otherwise.
word type translation topic additional information
baw' va. be comfortable, feeling prepared, confident This might be used to describe feeling prepared for an upcoming journey or battle.
baw'Ha' va. be uncomfortable, worried, hesitant This might be used to describe feeling unprepared for an upcoming journey or battle.
borqu' vi. thunder The non-slang way to say "thunder" is tuD.
chal bIQ n. rain weather only used to describe water on the floor
chal chuch n. snow weather
chatlh! x. That's stupid! This is an exclamation made in response to a statement which the speaker thinks is foolish or stupid.
cheq vi. tornado Note that this is a verb in Klingon. In Klingon, one says "it tornadoes", similar to how one says "it rains" in English.
chuch n. ice (general term) not a new word
chuch ngogh n. solid block of ice, ice cube
chuch 'aplom n. hailstone An equivalent way to say this is 'aplom chuch.
chur va. be uncomfortable This is used for physical discomfort, such as with clothes, room temperature, etc. The subject is the being that feels uncomfortable.
churHa' va. be comfortable This is used for physical comfort, such as with clothes, room temperature, etc. The subject is the being that feels comfortable.
Damu' n. crease
Do'natu vagh n. Donatu V This is the name of a planet which was disputed between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire.
Duq va. be stunned States This means in the sense of astonished, astounded, dumbfounded, shocked. It is stronger than yay' [see note]
ghIS vi. wiggle, squirm This might be used to describe a good bowl of qagh.
ghugh v. vocalize This refers to sound emitted by an animal, but not speech.
ghul n. bump (protuberance)
ghut vt. predict This refers to predicting based on one's feelings or just a wild guess.
Hay n. area beyond
Heq vi. hail weather
HuDyar n. shed, shack
jaqtala' n. puberty, jak'tahla NOTE: This word was not confirmed here. Read the word page for jaqtala' for more details.
jel vi. shake, tremble
jIb n. hair (on head) This refers only to hair on the top of the head, and not to facial hair.
jItuj'ep n. mummy
jItuj'ep ngutlh n. mummification glyph
job va. zigzag, be jagged
loch n. mustache This refers to hair on the upper lip.
mIvwa' n. scar (from wound) This is a scar which is the result of a wound (regardless of how the wound occurred).
mI'rab n. spiral
mot va. be stunned States This means being rendered unconscious or into a dazed state as a result of being hit (by a fist or a projectile, etc.). This would be used for being hit by a phaser "set to stun".
muylIS n. eyelash
naQ 'er n. brush devil (a Klingon animal) The Federation Standard name for this animal, "brush devil", has nothing to do with the Klingon name.
nebeylI' n. sarcophagus This is associated with ritual and honor, and is much more than just a repository.
nev'aQ n. sarcophagus This refers to an everyday sarcophagus, which is strictly utilitarian.
nIl va. be grassy, verdant
noDwI' n. avenger
ngI' vt. have a weight of, weigh This verb is also used to express "pressurized" (as in what happens inside an airplane cabin).
paQ vt. meditate (on), cogitate (about), reflect (on), comtemplate This word can (but doesn't have to) take an object indicating what is being meditated about or reflected upon. It does not connote "entreat", so "pray" may not be an appropriate translation.
peD vi. snow weather There is no known noun or verb for blizzard, but one can say peDqu', pe'vIl or even pe'vIl peDqu'.
pel'aQ n. coffin
pob n. hair (on body) This refers to hair from the neck down.
po'oH n. corner of the street, corner of a piece of paper
puH beQ n. plains, flatland
puH nIl n. grassland, steppe
puH yIQ n. swamp, wetlands
qangtlhIn n. beliefs, principles, standards, ethics, ideology published in Pop Culture Hero Coalition
qut vt. predict This refers to making a prediction which is fraudulent or suspected to be fraudulent, or if it's a carnival act or the like.
raw vi. lightning Note that this is a verb in Klingon. In Klingon, one says "it lightnings", similar to how one says "it rains" in English.
rel va. be dazed States This means dazed in the sense of confused, unable to think properly, bewildered.
retlaw n. dent, indentation This does not refer to how to format a paragraph.
rol n. beard This refers to hair on the face which covers the chin and neck area.
roptoj n. scar (from disease, infection, etc.) This is a scar which is the result of some sort of disease, infection, etc.
ruSvep n. invitation
SanDIy n. scar (from combat) This is a scar which is the result of a wound received in the course of a fight or battle.
tajvaj n. corner of a room
taq va. be scarred
taqmoH v. scar
tav vt. shake This is what someone might do to wake somebody up, or what one might do to a drink or a limb.
tellar wa' n. Tellar Prime This is the home planet of a founding member of the United Federation of Planets.
tellarngan n. Tellarite
tey vi. scrape Aside from its literal meaning, this can also be used for the sense of being close or not having wriggle room or leeway in a situation.
tuD vi. thunder
tlhogh vt. get married to, marry This word was long considered quaint or archaic, but is heard with increasing frequency. Unlike Saw and nay, it can be used by either partner regardless of sex or gender.
tlhoghmoH vt. marry, conduct a marriage ceremony The object of this verb is plural.
vep n. proclamation, notification, announcement, and the like
ver va. be spiral This word can be used to talk about the wind.
ver va. be dizzy States
vey' va. be comfortable This is similar to yap, but vey' implies being more than enough/sufficient.
vey'Ha' va. be uncomfortable This means more than not being enough or being insufficient.
vung vi. cyclone, hurricane weather Note that this is a verb in Klingon. In Klingon, one says "it hurricanes", similar to how one says "it rains" in English.
wab labwI' n. radio transmitter This is used for a broadcaster, radio service, etc. It can also be used for the device that does the transmitting. If a distinction must be made, the device is wab labwI' jan.
wal vi. vibrate, be in a state of vibration This means to move in a fast repetitive way, like a guitar string.
way va. be striped
wel x. sound made by a targh The stereotypical targh makes a sound conventionally rendered welwelwel (where the number of repetitions is variable).
wer va. be creased, be wrinkled
wermoH vt. crease, wrinkle
wol va. be creased, be folded
wolmoH vt. crease, fold
yaH n. duty station, station This refers to any place where one does work, and isn't limited to military usage.
yamtaw n. line This refers to a line such as on lined paper, or painted on the road.
yamtaw job n. jagged line, zigzagging line
yegh va. be spotted
yuwey n. continent
'ambay n. island
'anDorya' n. Andoria (planet, not the country) also spelled 'anDor
'anDorya'ngan n. Andorian
'ap va. be dented
'apmoH vt. dent
'aplom n. pellet
'aq vt. predict, prognosticate This refers to predicting based on deductive reasoning or research or science.
'aQvoH n. act of watching over a fallen warrior's body This is an ancient tradition where the comrades of a warrior who had died in battle stayed with the body to keep away predators, which allowed the spirit (qa') to leave the body when it was ready for the journey to Sto-Vo-Kor.
'ejvoH n. stripe
'evta' n. animal similar to a newt or salamander
'e'levan n. elephant This is a word borrowed from Federation Standard to refer to the Terran animal. [First used in Die Sendung mit der Maus
'Imyagh x. sound made by a vIghro' or a ghISnar
'Irgh v. bully, intimidate, pick on, harass published in Pop Culture Hero Coalition
'oDtu' n. spot, splotch, blemish, blotch
'uch vt. hold, grasp This verb can also be used to mean "lock" in the sense of locking on a target


During the qep'a', some questions came with the verbs. Chris Lipscombe was there, asked Okrand about those words and published his answers on the KLI's mailing list (1) Here are the answers. (unsorted at this time, but linked to the above list as soon as completed.)

  1. ghugh is a verb. All the weather words are verbs too. They are "to thunder", "to cyclone", "to hurricane", etc.
  2. The example sentence vogh tIghla' tu'lu' seems to confirm that vogh somewhere is in the same category of -Daq-less place nouns like Dat, naDev, and pa'. Chris asked Marc Okrand about this and he confirmed it.
  3. weather forecasts tend to use 'e' -lu' over net, but net would not be wrong.
  4. The new word Duq be stunned, shocked and the word from TKD yay' be shocked, dumbfounded have similar meanings and are synonyms, but Duq tends to be more so than yay'.
  5. The words welwelwel and 'Imyagh are neither nouns nor verbs, they are just the sounds made by animals, as in "The cat said: meow." They are pretty much onomatopoeias of the animals noises.
  6. The subject of chur is the person, or thing, that is uncomfortable. (2)
  7. The verb mIS be confused, mixed up (TKD) is only used for "mental confusion" (i.e. it doesn't apply to a bunch of things mixed up on a table). (3)
  8. On Facebook, Chris Lipscombe reported that during a game of Hockey Pockey, Okrand provided the word for "eyelash" muylIS (4)
  9. Eric Andeen was talking with Okrand about something or other, and somebody nearby said "it's the little things...". Marc Okrand said he would say DochHommey for that in Klingon. So Doch is not only used for physical objects, but is somewhat more general.(5)
  10. Chris Lipscombe spoke to Marc about when fronting (as in HaqwI''e' DaH yISam instead of the standard way DaH HaqwI' yISam) can occur. He said that fronted nouns are marked with the type 5 suffix -'e' and it should only be used in extreme situations when the extra level of emphasis is really needed. He said you could do it all the time if you wanted to, but it would be like someone speaking in Shakespearian English all the time (for example). (6)

See also


1 : multiple messages to the mailing list "Re: [tlhIngan Hol] qep'a' cha'maH loSDIch New words and some tidbits", by Chris Lipscombe, aka qurgh lungqIj, on 29 July 2017

2 , 3 : Postings on the KLI's photo album on Facebook, by Chris Lipscombe, 30 July 2017

4 : Message on Facebook on July 30, 2017

5 : Message to the mailing list, Eric Andeen, on July 31, 2017

6 : Message on Facebook on July 30, 2017


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