S qel
kel ] / [ kel ]
Klingon letters:

1. consider, take into account

word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
transitive verb: vay' vIqel. = I consider, take into account something.


Addendum of The Klingon Dictionary p. 184

2. nod
word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
intransitive verb: qel vay'. = Somebody/something nods.


qep'a' 2020
See new words released at qep'a' 27

Canon examples

Qochbe' vaj qel nachDaj
He/she agrees so his/her head nods. (qepHom 2020)

Qochbe' 'e' ghaSmeH qel nachDaj
His/her head nods in order to indicate that he/she agrees. (qepHom 2020)

Qochbe' 'e' ghaSmeH qel ghaH
He/she nods in order to indicate that he/she agrees. (He/she nods in agreement). (qepHom 2020)

yaj 'e' ghaSmeH qel ghaH
He/she nods to signal that he/she understands. (qepHom 2020)

More Information

  Regarding definition #2 – nod:
This means lower the head slightly whether or not the head is again raised. So, among other things, it can refer to nodding to the beat of music or nodding off (falling asleep). The subject might be, for example, nach "head" (even though this might be considered redundant) or the nodder. It does not take an object. Okrand did not know if Klingons would nod to say yes. qel means "lower the head". For "lift the head", he looked weird about qelHa' and translated it as "mis-nod". (qep'a' 2020 Q&A)

The verb qel ("nod") refers only to the motion of the head, not what such a motion may or may not indicate. To express that the nodding means something, such as agreement, you could say something like Qochbe' vaj qel nachDaj ("he/she agrees so his/her head nods").

It is also possible to make use of ghaS ("indicate, signal"), for example, Qochbe' 'e' ghaSmeH qel nachDaj ("His/her head nods in order to indicate that he/she agrees") or Qochbe' 'e' ghaSmeH qel ghaH ("He/she nods in order to indicate that he/she agrees" or "He/she nods in agreement").

In some cultures, a nod may indicate something other than agreement, so one might say, for example, yaj 'e' ghaSmeH qel ghaH ("He/she nods to signal that he/she understands").

(qepHom 2020)

To say "X means Y" (where X is a word and Y is its meaning or definition or gloss), use ghaS, sometimes along with mu' for clarity: Y ghaS X (mu').

A colloquial (or perhaps slang) way of expressing the definition of a word within the same language – not when translating – is to use 'ang instead of ghaS: Y 'ang X (mu').

X could, of course, be a phrase. If so, it can be followed by either mu' or mu'mey, more frequently the former.

(qep'a' 2022)

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