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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Qumran

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Thursday, October 03, 2013
> Klingon word: Qumran
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: scroll (writing surface/paper)
> Source: Email to Lieven, 3 June 2013

The students at qepHom 2013 wrote a letter to Marc Okrand on a 7 foot long piece of paper adding short messages and funny drawings, whatever came to their mind. Okrand answered, "Maltz and I really liked the scroll. (He told me the word for scroll was {Qumran}, by the way.) Thanks to everyone who wrote messages or drew pictures. We really appreciate all of the nice thoughts." (Okrand's email to Lieven, 6/03/2013)

After the inevitable questions, Okrand wrote Lieven again (6/08/2013):

  Maltz was so pleased with the scroll/long letter that you sent,
  he volunteered the word {Qumran} and I didn't think to ask him
  how a {Qumran} differed from a {tetlh}. But I've asked him now.
  While {tetlh} can refer to a scroll, it can also refer to any-
  thing 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 cere-
  mony 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.
  ... In short - any {Qumran} is a {tetlh}, but every {tetlh} is
  not a {Qumran}. 

The *Paq'batlh* is a series of ancient Klingon scrolls and religious texts that, among other things, passes on the stories of Kahless. Among the scrolls is the "Eleventh Tome of Klavek" which describes how Kahless came back from the afterlife. (VOY "Barge of the Dead")

HQ 12.2 p.9:  for the beginning of a list (of names or words, for example, whether spoken out loud or written on a scroll), one would say simply {pong wa'DIch} "first name" or {mu' wa'DIch} "first word".

The Dead Sea scrolls from Qumran!

Related vocabulary:

tetlh 		roll, scroll, list (n)
paq 			book (n)
ghItlh 		manuscript (n)
Se'vIr 		publication (n)
per 			label (n) (use for "title"?)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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