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New Klingon Words

New Klingon Words (not in the original lexicon)

The words listed here were revealed or expanded upon after the publication of The Klingon Dictionary and Klingon for the Galactic Traveler. This list was compiled and maintained for many years by Will Martin (a.k.a. charghwI'). It is now curated by Alan Anderson (a.k.a. ghunchu’wI’). Note that not all of these words are perfectly defined, and the list is subject to additions, deletions, and emendations as our knowledge increases. The choice of what words deserve to be included in this list is up to Alan. Send him suggestions for additional entries, realizing that only words from confirmed Okrand sources will be accepted, and the source must be cited. See the explanation at the bottom of this list for source abbreviation descriptions.

In order not to compete with Dr. Okrand’s income via royalties, the vocabulary of TKD and KGT will not be reproduced here. For a complete word list, combine this list with the ones in those two books.

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mab
n
agreement, contract, commitment
qepHom 15
maDyar
N
Hungary
TN!LK
magh
v.t.
betray
MSN and HolQeD v5n3p15 - S26
magh
n
Klingon plant that most closely resembles grass
qep'a' 23
magh yotlh
n
lawn
qep'a' 23
maghrIb
n
Morocco
qepHom 15
maH
num
ten (combining form)/(number-forming element) [The E-K listing somewhat confusingly includes {maH} as "Ten (combining form) while the K-E lists it as "ten (number-forming element). There is no such confusion over words for hundred, thousand, ten-thousand, etc.]
TKD
majyang
n
tile [Marc Okrand email 2012-01-09]
qepHom
majyang mIllogh
n
mosaic
qepHom 15
majyang mutlhwI'
n
tiler [Marc Okrand email 2012-01-09]
qepHom
maQ
n
sign, omen [qep'a' wa'maH SochDIch]
paq'batlh
maQmIgh
n
dark omen, sign of evil coming
veS QonoS, listed in HolQeD, v1n3p9
mar
v
use the big toe
HolQeD v10n2p10
mara
proper n
Mara, TOS "Day of the Dove" Kang's wife & Sci. officer
TKD p58
marwI'
n
big toe, first toe
HolQeD v10n2p7
maSIr
N
Egypt
TN!LK
matlh
proper n
Maltz
TKD p58
may
n
sound of letter m [alphabet]
qep'a' wa'maH javDIch
may' Sut
n
body armor (battle clothing)
qepHom 2015 p.14
ma'veq
n
a ceremonial knife used in the ritual of *Mauk To'Vor*. One Federation Standard spelling of this weapon's name is {M'veQ}.
http://www.klingon.org/KIWG/ - Klingon spelling confirmed via Email by Okrand
megh'an
n
end (of stick, rope, etc.), other end from {'er'In} [This can refer to either end of the rope, stick or whatever, but once you arbitrarily choose an end to call {megh'an}, the OTHER end is called {'er'In}. Before you make this initial reference, either end can be called either {'er'In} or {megh'an}.]
HolQeD v12n2p6
meHghem
n
arts, the arts, culture [A bigger, more comprehensive term covering "the arts" or "art" as opposed to "science." So it includes music, theater, dance, etc. as well as visual art. It's "culture" in this sense.]
qepHom 15
mej'aD
n
artery
qepHom 2015 p.14
mellota'
proper n
Melota - proper name from Klingon Opera
TKW p187
menggho' naH
n
mango
TN!LK
meqba'
n
type of legal proceeding; portion of the trial or appeal where evidence is heard
Addendum; Star Trek Encyclopedia
meS
v
knot [message to Lieven 2014-11-??]
qepHom 13
meS
v
encrypt (slang) [message to Lieven 2014-11-??]
qepHom 13
meS
n
knot [message to Lieven 2014-11-??]
qepHom 13
meSHa'
v
decrypt (slang) [message to Lieven 2014-11-??]
Maltz
mevyap
excl
stop, enough already [Described in the body text: "it comes from two Klingon verbs, {mev} ("stop, cease") and {yap} ("be enough, be sufficient"). No doubt in the past, the locution was longer, perhaps {yImev, yap!} ("stop! it's enough"). The dropping of the imperative prefix {yI-, pe-} is what would be expected in Clipped Klingon. The two words have been used in juxtaposition for so long, they have come to be accepted as a single, though grammatically peculiar, word."]
KGT p113
meyIS tIr
n
corn, sweet corn
TN!LK
meyrI'
n
square [Got this from http://www.livejournal.com/community/klingon/ entry August 1, 2005 by ubykhlives]
qep'a' wa'maH cha'DIch
mey'
n
polygon [Marc Okrand email 2014-01-27]
qepHom 12
mey' HoS
n
regular polygon [DYM]
qepHom 13
me'
n
aunt, mother's sister
HolQeD v9n3p8
me'nal
n
aunt, mother's brother's wife
HolQeD v9n3p8
mIl
v
be formerly honored [loss of honor is implied; an adjective to describe one who has fallen from grace; not applicable to {'utlh}, which implies a voluntary, honorable retirement]
HolQeD, v12n3p8
mIllogh
n
picture, (visual) depiction [Marc Okrand email 2010-11-15]
qepHom 9
mIllogh qonwI'
n
camera
TN!LK
mIllogh qonwI' qoSta'
n
film
TN!LK
mIl'oD ngeb
n
teddy bear
TN!LK
mIn QanwI' nguv
n
sunglasses
TN!LK
mIn tojwI'
n
optical illusion
November 2016 email to Lieven
mIn yuq
v
perform magic [referring to a stage magician]
November 2016 email to Lieven
mIn yuqwI'
n
magician [the most common way to refer to a stage magician]
November 2016 email to Lieven
mIStaq
proper n
sculptor who made Blood Oath Circles
KCD
mItlh
v
forge (metal)
qepHom 15
mIv
n
hat
TN!LK
mIyama
n
Burma/Myanmar
qepHom 15
mI' nagh
n
die, dice
Monopoly
mI' tej
n
mathematician
qepHom 15
mojaq
n
suffix [Note: in English-Klingon side of TKD, this is mojaQ]
TKD
mong Ha'quj
n
tie
TN!LK
morgh
n
unit of area (27 square 'ujmey)
qepHom 15
motlh
v
be normal / standard [additional to other defs]
BoP Poster / S14
muchpa'
n
auditorium, theatre [This is not on the DVD itself, but was used during its development.]
FFN
muD Duj
n
airplane
TN!LK
mughato'
n
mugato [Introduced TOS episode #47: A Private Little War. One of the more notable native animal forms on Neural {Zeta Boötis III} is the mugato, a large, white, ape-like creature with dorsal spines and a cranial horn. The mugato are monogamous, mating for life. Little or no provocation will spark an attack by this hostile creature, whose bite is highly poisonous and fatal if untreated. The only antidote for the mugato bite is the proper application of the native mako root, which has the ability to draw the toxin out of the human nervous system. {No mention is made of how to draw it out of a Klingon nervous system. Of the planet, the text says:} The native inhabitants of the planet are humanoid, possibly the descendants of a Centaurian exploration mission that disappeared in the area some two hundred years ago. The population was once one of tranquil, peace-loving hunters, but a serious breach of the Prime Directive has resulted in their development of war and comparatively advanced projectile weapons. Direct Klingon interference, countered by Federation involvement, has divided the inhabitants into five major factions, each of which is feuding with the other four. (see also illustration in center insert in that text)]
from Star Trek, The Worlds Of The Federation: (p140-1)
muj
v
be wrong
missing from E-K
mutlh
v
construct, assemble, put together [Marc Okrand email 2012-01-09]
qepHom
mutlh
v
manufacture, construct, put together
qepHom 15
mu'qaD veS
n
curse warfare
PK: written on the printed card

Works Cited

CK
Okrand, Marc. (1992). Conversational Klingon (audio cassette). New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 5-022-73903-6391
FFN
Festival of the Spoken Nerd (2015). Full Frontal Nerdity DVD. Laughing Stock. ISBN: 0-671-79739-5
HolQeD
(1992 to present). The quarterly journal of the Klingon Language Institute. Assorted interviews with and articles by Marc Okrand. ISSN: 1061-2327
KCD
Okrand, Marc. (1992). Star Trek: Klingon, CD-ROM. New York: Simon & Schuster Interactive. ISBN: 0-671-52873-4
Monopoly
(2011). MONOPOLY® – Star Trek Klingon Limited Edition, board game. USAopoly/Hasbro.
PCHC
Chase Masterson (2016). Pop Culture Hero Coalition message. Facebook. (link)
PK
Levine, Barry & Okrand, Marc. (1993). Power Klingon: Master the Language of Warriors (audio cassette). New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 0-671-87975-8
qepHom
An annual meeting of Klingonists in Germany. The first such qepHom took place in 2002. (The word can refer to any minor gathering, but this list uses it exclusively for the organized German meeting.)
qep’a’
The annual conference of the Klingon Language Institute. Marc Okrand is often in attendance. qep’a’ wa’DIch was held in 1994. (The word can refer to any convention or conference, but this list uses it exclusively for the KLI’s annual meeting.)
TKD
Okrand, Marc. (1985 & 1992). The Klingon Dictionary, 2nd ed. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 0-671-74559-X
TKW
Okrand, Marc. (1996). Star Trek: The Klingon Way: A Warrior’s Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 0-671-53755-5
TN!LK
(2011). Talk Now! Learn Klingon. EuroTalk, Ltd. ISBN: 1-846-06606-9
veS QonoS
(1990). Newsletter of Mortas-Te-Kaase, a defunct Klingon club. Some new words from Marc Okrand appeared, and a subset of these were later used in CK.The entire list was reprinted by permission of both Okrand and the club in HolQeD 1:3.

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