Subject: Diplomatic Implausibility glossary
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 02:33:18 -0500
As promised, I've typed the Klingon glossary to this novel. In
print, the Anglicized words (e.g. bat'leth) are in bold, and their pIqaD transcription (e.g. betleH) are in bold italic. For most
entries the Anglicized word begins the entry followed by
the pIqaD in brackets. I won't reproduce the typeface here.
The glossary also contains the English words of the Warrior's
Anthem (the Klingon text is found in the book) which I won't
retype since it's available elsewhere.
As malqa said, the Acknowledgments include MO, who "vetted the
To keep the lawyers happy: "Buy the book! Buy the book!"
(If anyone sees any typos, send 'em to me and I'll collate and
post corrections if necessary later in the week.)
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bat'leth (betleH) Curved, four-bladed, two-handed weapon.
This is the most popular handheld, edged weapon used by Klingon
warriors, due to its being favored by Kahless. The legendary Sword
of Kahless was a bat'leth, and most Defense Force warriors are
proficient with it.
bekk (beq) A rank given to enlisted personnel in the Defense
bok-rat liver, stewed (boqrat chej) Food made from the liver
of a bok-rat, apparently cooked to some degree, making it unusual
among Klingon foods.
bregit lung (bIreQtagh) Food made from the lung of an animal,
presumably a bregit.
cha'DIch Literally, "second." During a legal proceeding, the
accused is denied combat, and so must have a second, called a
cha'DIch, to defend him or her.
chech'tluth (chechtlhutlh) An alcoholic beverage best served
heated and steaming. The word seems to derive from the verbs
meaning "to drink" and "to get drunk."
d'k tahg (Daqtagh) Personal dagger. All Defense Force war-
riors carry their own d'k tahg, which is personalized with their
name and House.
gagh (qagh) Food made from live serpent worms.
ghojmoHwI' Teacher or mentor.
gladst (tlhatlh) Food made from brown leaves, best served
glob fly (ghIlab ghew) Small, irritating insect with no sting,
which makes a slight buzzing sound.
grapok sauce (gha'poq) Condiment, often used to bring out the
favor in gagh or racht.
Gre'thor (ghe'tor) The afterlife for the dishonored dead -- the
closest Klingon equivalent to hell.
Grishnar cat (ghISnar) Small animal, apparently not a very
vicious one, though with perhaps a predilection for trying to sound
fiercer than it actually is.
Ha'DIbaH Animal. Often used as an insult.
HuDyuQ A mountainous planet. The name derives from the
words meaning "mountain" and "planet."
jatyIn According to legend, spirits of the dead that possess the
jeghpu'wI' Conquered people -- more than slaves, less than citi-
zens, this status is given to occupants of worlds conquered by the
krada legs (Qa'Da') Food made from the extremities of a
lingta (lIngta') Large game animal indigenous to Qo'noS.
Mauk-to'Vor (ma' to'vor) A death ritual that allows one who
has lost honor to die well and go to Sto-Vo-Kor by being honorably
killed by a House-mate or someone equally close.
mek'leth (meqleH) A sword-like one- or two-handed weapon
about half the size of a bat'leth.
mong'em maneuver A parry where you thrust a sword or other
edged weapon behind your neck in order to block an attack from
par'Mach (parmaq) Love, Klingon style -- with much more
intense connotations than the English word.
petaQ Insult with no direct translation. Sometimes Anglicized
pipius claw (pIpyuS pach) Food made from the claw of an
Qam-Chee (qamchIy) According to legend, an ancient village
on Qo'noS where Kahless and Lukara fought a great battle, a major
component of their courtship.
Qang Chancellor. A new class of Defense Force ships, of which
the I.K.S. Gorkon is one, is the Qang-class, and all are named after
past chancellors of the empire (three of the others in the line are the
I.K.S. Gowron, the I.K.S. Azetbur, and the I.K.S. K'mpec).
Qapla' Ritual greeting that literally means "success."
qelI'qam Unit of measurement roughly akin to two kilometers.
Sometimes Anglicized as kellicam.
QI'yaH Interjection with no direct translation.
Qo'noS The Klingon Homeworld. Sometimes Anglicized as
racht (raHta') Food made from live serpent worms (not to be
confused with gagh).
raktajino (ra'taj) Coffee, Klingon style.
ramjep bird Avian life-form indigenous to Qo'noS that only
comes out in the dark. Name literally means "midnight."
rokeg blood pie (ro'qegh'Iwchab) Food apparently made from
or with the blood of an animal, possibly a rokeg.
Rura Penthe (rura' pente') Prison planet mostly covered in
R'uustai (ruStay) Literally, "the bonding," this is a ritual that
allows an orphan to join another House.
Sto-Vo-Kor (Suto'vo'qor) The afterlife for the honored dead,
where all true warriors go after they die to fight an eternal battle.
The closest Klingon equivalent to heaven.
taD An ice-covered colony planet. The word literally means
targ (targh) Animal that is popular as a pet, but the heart of
which is also considered a delicacy.
tik'leth (tIqleH) An edged weapon, similar to an Earth
toDSaH Insult with no direct translation. Sometimes Anglicized
Ty'Gokor (tay'ghoqor) A planet where the induction into the
Order of the Bat'leth takes place.
zilm'kach (tlhImqach) Food made from something orange.
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