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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, April 20, 2015
> Klingon word: nawlogh
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: squadron

KGT 51f.:  The Defense Force is subdivided into units known as {yo'} and {nawlogh}, traditionally translated as "fleet" and "squadron", respectively, but the relationship between the two is not straightforward in terms of chain of command. While a {yo'} always consists of more than one {nawlogh}, there are a number of {nawloghmey} that are independent of any association with a {yo'}. Therefore, while a specific {nawlogh} may be under the command of a {yo'}, another {nawlogh} may have the same status as a {yo'} within the overall forces. Accordingly, when dealing with a troop member ({QaS}) or officer ({yaS}) of a ship, to avoid giving offense, one should either find out ahead of time how that ship fits into the hierarchical structure or else carefully avoid making references to other units as superior or inferior.

Klingon squadrons usually consist of three ships (cf. STMP [lead ship IKC Amar], TNG "The Defector" [lead ship IKC Bortas], TNG "Yesterday's Enterprise", etc.)

  *ngaghQo'wI' nawlogh 
  "squadron of the celibate" (TKH)

Holtej:  In TKH, the line "Get thee to a nunnery" was translated as {ngaghQo'wI' nawlogh yImuv}. Guido's endnotes translate it as "squadron of the celibate," and further expound: "the closest Klingon equivalent of a monastic order, these were bands of warriors--of either gender--who dedicated their lives to fighting, to the point of refusing to mate".

N.B. the noun {ghIn} "monastery, religious community" was revealed after the publication of _The Klingon Hamlet_ (TKH).

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