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

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, April 22, 2015
> Klingon word: ghIn
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: monestery
> Source: qepHom'a' 2010

MO to Lieven (11/15/2010):  The word for monastery is {ghIn}. This is a pretty general term for a religious community (and the term "religious" could be interpreted in various ways as well), so it can be modified. A {ghIn'a'} would be a pretty important monastery, for example.

MO to Lieven (1/07/2011):  [Maltz] said that perhaps "religious community" was not the best choice of words for what he intended to say. What he meant was that while a {ghIn} could be a single building if that's all the monastery was, it could also refer to a group of buildings and accompanying grounds (gardens or whatever)--the whole defined area where the members of the religious community live or work or do whatever they do there. It doesn't mean the group of people. Maltz hopes that helps and doesn't make things more confusing.

Andrew Miller (8/28/2013):  *{lalDan yaS} is how priest is translated in the Klingon Hamlet. Incidentally Marc also mentioned once in my presence that an abbot would be a {ghIn pIn}. 

Holtej (date?):  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'.

chIrgh 		temple (n)
lat 			shrine (n)
lalDan 		religion (n)
nugh 			society (group of people with a shared culture) (n)

Plymouth Gin (produced by The Black Friars Distillery, formerly a Dominican monastery in Plymouth, England). "I know that Marc is a fan of gin and tonics, so he's probably familiar with many different gins." (qurgh, 12/22/2010) 

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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