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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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chabal
n
something desired or requested
qepHom 2015 p.12
chach Duj
n
ambulance
TN!LK
chaDvay'
n
Hertz (frequency)
from veS QonoS, HolQeD, v1n3p9
chal bIQ
n
rain [Maltz said that you'd probably only say this if, for example, you were referring to, say, a puddle of water on the ground and wanted to be clear that the puddle resulted from rain and not some other source or if you wanted to say what it is that's dripping from your wet head since you didn't just step out of the shower (obviously you didn't -- you're a Klingon). Otherwise the puddle or hair water would be simply bIQ (perhaps with some modifier or other).]
qep'a' 24
chal chuch
n
snow [A solid block of ice would be chuch ngogh. For shaved ice or the kind of ice in a sno-cone or smoothie, chuch is usually sufficient.]
qep'a' 24
chalqach
n
tower [qep'a' wa'maH SochDIch]
paq'batlh
chan
n
eastward, area toward the east (90 degrees on Terran 360 degree compass with north as 0 and degrees counted clockwise)
HolQeD v8n4p6
chang'eng
n
pair
BoP Poster
chaS
n
top of walking cane or ceremonial cane
HolQeD v12n2p7
chaw'
n
permit [This entry was missing from the Klingon-English side of TKD, though it is used as a noun in PK: cha'puj vIngevmeH chaw' HInobneS.]
chaw' ngoq
n
password, passphrase, passcode
qepHom 13
chay
n
sound of letter ch [alphabet ]
qep'a' wa'maH javDIch
cha'bIp
n
a bird noted for its speed
HolQeD v10n4p4
cha'DIch
n
second, aide
TKW p21
cha'Do'
n
a species of Klingon bird about which little is known
HolQeD v10n4p4
cha'naS
n
a small bird which digs up bugs to eat
HolQeD v10n4p4
cha'neH
n
forearm
qepHom 10
cha'par
n
a bird noted for its song
HolQeD v10n4p4
cha'qu'
n
a bird with a noisy, repetitive cry
HolQeD v10n4p4
cha''etlh pe'wI'
n
scissors
TN!LK
cheb
n
unit weight approx. 5 pounds (2.25kg)
MSN
cheb'a'
n
unit weight approx. 45-46.4 pounds (20.4-21.05 kg) (9-9.28 cheb) [The numbers don't quite mesh, but this is the best I can figure from different equivalences we've been given.]
BoP poster
chegh
v
return (to) (direct object is place returned to)
NEWS
chen
v
take form [used in math where the subject is the result of the formula statement (typically using some form of the verb boq). The chen statement follows the boq statement with a semicolon dividing them in Okrand's notation.]
HolQeD v9n3p9
cheq
v
tornado [You can also say ver SuS'a' "a tornado happens" (literally: "the big wind spirals"). ver SuS (or ver SuSHom) would most likely refer to a whirlwind.]
qep'a' 24
cheS
n
an animal with long ears, similar to an Earth rabbit
qep'a' 23
cheSqa'
n
Czech Republic
qepHom 15
chevwI' tlhoy'
n
territorial wall (e.g. Berlin Wall)
NEWS
chIq
v
cross, transverse
qepHom 15
chIvo'
n
total dishonor, absolute lack of honor [STID]
qepHom 12
chIw
v
express, embody, exude, epitomize [STID]
qepHom 12
chob
n
corridor
BoP Poster
chob'a'
n
main corridor
BoP Poster
choq
v.t.
preserve[, save]
TKW p211
choQ
n
deck (on a ship)
BoP Poster
chuD
n
people, kin, member of the same group or tribe or clan (very similar to vInDa') [STID]
qepHom 12
chum
v
be colorful [Friends of Maltz: Qov]
qep'a' 23
chungHa'wI'
n
brake
qepHom 15
chuq'a'
n
long range
BoP Poster
chur
v
be uncomfortable [because of clothes, room temperature, etc. (involved with physical unpleasantness)]
qep'a' 24
churHa'
v
be comfortable [because of clothes, room temperature, etc. (involved with physical pleasantness)]
qep'a' 24
chuv
n
leftover
qepHom 2015 p.12
chuy
v
sneeze
HolQeD, v12n4p8

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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