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Re: News from Maltz

Michael Roney, Jr. (

I think this is the fastest I've seen the new words exposed.
Normally us non-qep'a' goers are tortured with anticipation.

So now that we have "names" for the "letters", we need to make a children's book.

chay is for chab.
Day is for Duj.

Suggestions for "is for" besides 'oS?


-Michael Roney, Jr.
Professional Klingon translator

--Sent from my Palm PrÄ?ghunchu'wI' wrote:

As qep'a' wa'maH javDIch drew to a close on Sunday morning, Marc  

Okrand approached a group of Klingonists eating breakfast to relay  

the following information from Maltz.

1) The noun {vIlle'} means something close to "minion".  [The word in  

English is often used to refer to a loyal or even fawning servant of  

someone who is typically considered powerful.  Compare with  

"henchman", who has the same general job but is usually a mercenary.]

2) The noun {vIl} is hard to define.  Maltz had given a description  

of something which was immediately recognized as a speed bump by  

everyone present, but it was apparently intended not as an actual  

definition but as an example of something which is "just there".   

There is obviously an etymological relationship with and {vIlle'},  

which is currently the best clue we have to its true meaning.   

["Groupie" and "entourage" were suggested by those present at the  

time, but Marc didn't think they fit.]

3) There are names for the individual sounds of spoken Klingon.   

These are not really the letters of an alphabet [though with the  

phonetic transcription we use, the distinction is very fine].  They  

follow a very simple pattern:  consonants' names consist of the sound  

followed by {ay}, and vowels' names consist of the sound preceded by  

{'} and followed by {t}.  The glottal stop sound is an exception,  

being called {qaghwI'}, though this longish name is often eschewed in  

favor of a simple grunt of the sound itself.

   a : 'at

   b : bay

   ch: chay

   D : Day

   e : 'et

   gh: ghay


   u : 'ut

   v : vay

   w : way

   y : yay

   ' : qaghwI' (or) '

-- ghunchu'wI'

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