S tetlh
tex ] / [ tex ]
Klingon letters:

1. roll, scroll, list

word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

plural: tetlhmey


Klingon for the Galactic Traveler p. 182, 227

Derived and related words

naD tetlh recommendation lilst

2. roll (down a hill like a log)
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word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
intransitive verb: tetlh vay'. = Somebody/something roll (down a hill like a log)s.


email to De'vID of March 1st, 2019

More Information

  Regarding definition #1 – roll, scroll, list:
While tetlh can refer to a scroll, it can also refer to anything rolled up scroll-like (like toilet paper). The meaning of tetlh, over time, got extended to refer not only to the scroll/roll, but the contents of what may be written on a scroll and from there to refer to the sort of thing that may be traditionally written on a scroll, such as a "list" of things. So, even if not written on a scroll, a shopping list could be a tetlh. So could a ship's manifest.

A Qumran, on the other hand, is only a scroll. And it has connotations of something important or sacred or ancient, though a Qumran need not be all three of those things. When a scroll is a part of a ceremony of some kind, it's typically referred to as a Qumran, not a tetlh, even though it is a tetlh, so if you called it that, you wouldn't be wrong, but it might sound inappropriate.

I guess Maltz thought the scroll you sent was pretty significant.

In short -- any Qumran is a tetlh, but every tetlh is not a Qumran.

(email to Lieven L. Litaer, published on mailing list June 2013)

  Regarding definition #2 – roll (down a hill like a log):
[De'vID]: Can ron be used for people, such as in martial arts or gymnastics?

Yes... IF it means that the person is rolling haphazardly.

If the person is doing a somersault (rolling forwards or backwards in a reasonably controlled manner), the verb is Hay.

If the person is rolling down a hill as if he/she were a log, the verb is tetlh (related to the noun meaning "scroll," though it's not used for scrolls... unless a scroll is rolling down a hill).

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