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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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ghach
v
lurk, lie in wait, lie low (ready to ambush, for example, hidden but posing a threat) [STID]
qepHom 12
ghal
v
be jealous (of), envy
HolQeD v8n3p4
ghan
v
be hectic, very active, lively
qepHom 15
ghanHa'
v
be peaceful, calm
qepHom 15
ghantoH
n
model, example, pattern [Marc Okrand email 2012-01-15]
qepHom
ghang
v
end prematurely (an event, voyage, battle, play, opera, story, song, etc.) [The subject of this verb is the person causing an event to prematurely end. The direct object is the event that is ended.]
HolQeD v12n2p8
ghangwI'
n
horizon
HolQeD v11n2p8
ghaptal
n
equator
qepHom 15
gharlIq 'oQqar
n
garlic
TN!LK
ghav
n
carbon
qepHom 2015 p.13
ghav 'uSqan
n
steel
qepHom 15
ghawran
proper n
Gowron
HolQeD v5n3p15 - S25 & S26
ghay
n
sound of letter gh [alphabet]
qep'a' wa'maH javDIch
ghay
v
spray
TN!LK
ghaytanHa'
adv
unlikely
British television magazine, "Radio Times"
ghay'cha'
excl
general invective
TKD P178
gheb
n
horn (musical instrument)
HolQeD v10n2p9
gher
v.t.
formulate, compile, pull together
Okrand Forum, MSN
ghet
v
pretend [no deception is implied; simply role-playing]
HolQeD, v12n3p8
ghetwI'
n
pretender [no deception is implied; simply role-playing]
HolQeD, v12n3p8
ghID
v
pierce, perforate
qepHom 2015 p.18
ghIlaSnoS
n
Glasnost - ancient political movement
TKW p186
ghIn
n
monastery, religious community [Marc Okrand email 2010-11-15]
qepHom 9
ghInjaj
n
Saturday [not used for formal occasions]
qepHom 12
ghIq
adv
then, subsequently
HolQeD v8n3p4
ghIrep naH
n
grapes
TN!LK
ghIS
v
wriggle, squirm [a word you might use when describing a good bowl full of qagh]
qep'a' 24
ghIt
v
flow (e.g., water), gush, spout
qepHom 15
ghItlh
v
mark (upon) ["'To mark (upon)' something is ghItlh. This isn't just writing; it's any kind of marking. (Note that ghItlh, 'to write,' refers to the physical act of writing. It doesn't mean 'to create a composition.')"]
Okrand's notes, HolQeD v2n4p18
ghItlhjaj
n
Wednesday
qepHom 12
ghItlhwI'
n
stylus
KGT p79
ghIv
n
limb (of a person) [qep'a' wa'maH SochDIch]
paq'batlh
gho paq
n
binder, notebook (something you can add and remove pages from)
qepHom 2015 p.19
gho tut
n
cylinder [Marc Okrand email 2014-01-27]
qepHom 12
gho 'Impey'
n
cone [Marc Okrand email 2014-01-27]
qepHom 12
ghobchuq loDnI'pu'
proper n
The Brothers Fight One Another - famous statue
KCD
ghochwI'
n
the constellation "Tracker"
from KCD lab
ghogh HablI'
n
telephone
HolQeD v5n2p20
ghogh'ot
n
bill, payment request, something you must pay
qepHom 2015 p.18
ghojmeH ghItlhwI'
n
pencil
TN!LK
ghojmeH taj
n
boy's knife
KCD
ghommeH yotlh
n
plaza, courtyard
qepHom 15
ghotI'
n
fish, most general word for fish-like creature
HolQeD v10n4p5
ghub
n
bud (the flower, fruit, or shoot before it develops)
qep'a' 23
ghubDaQ
n
first born child
HolQeD v9n3p9
ghugh
v
vocalize [referring to sound emitted by an animal, but not speech]
qep'a' 24
ghul
n
bump, protuberance
qep'a' 24
ghun
v
be warm [Star Mitzvah reward: comparison]
HolQeD v13n1p8
ghuQ
n
poem
qepHom 15
ghut
v
predict [based on an aching bunion or Spidey-sense or if it's just a wild guess]
qep'a' 24
ghuy'
excl
Klingon curse, damn [From ST5]
HolQeD v8n4p13
ghuy'cha'
excl
Klingon curse [In CK, this is the curse one would use after receiving an unsettling communiqué. It is far worse than "Darn it!"]
TKD p58

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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