Puns in Klingon vocabulary

When creating the Klingon language, Marc Okrand made many jokes, some subtle and some less so, in his choice of words for the vocabulary of Klingon. It's gotten so that recently whenever we see a new word, we try to figure out what the joke is. There's probably room for disagreement here about what constitutes a legitimate "joke", what is simply onomatopoeia, and what is just a coincidence. Use your own judgment.

Try to keep to the format: word, part of speech, definition, comments. And also keep to the klingon alphabetical order.

Klingon Definition Comment
bach n. shot sounds like "botch". When you miss a shot, it is a botched shot. Add that in KGT, the word bachHa' meaning "err, make a mistake (slang)" was listed as a noun, which was clearly a mistake, and being the first entry in the word list (very prominent to anyone checking for errors), almost assuredly an intentional one.
baghneQ n. spoon The original description of this term in the startrek.klingon newsgroup pointed out that it's the term nagh beQ flat rock, but with the initial sounds swapped for an unknown reason. Such sound-swapping is called a spoonerism, supposedly after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner.
baq v. terminate, discontinue "I'll be back," said by The Terminator
bargh n. flat bottomed pot for food preparation "Barge"
baS n. metal "Base" metal
beb n. roof "Babe Ruth", a famous baseball player
bech v. suffer "Bitch" and moan
ben n. years ago how long has it "been"?
bertlham n. end (of an opera, play, story, speech) Act V, the final act of the opera Robert le Diable features the character Bertram's rousing aria with crescendo. The main character of QaQchugh bertlham, vaj QaQ Hoch is named Bertram.
bey n. howl, wail "Bay", a howling protracted barking sound
bID n. half acronym of Latin bis in die ("twice a day")
bIghHa' n. prison, jail "Big house"
bIm n. second note of nonatonic scale Punning on the Western "do-re-mi" scale. The song defines "Re. a drop of golden sun" i.e. "ray". And so we have bIm, which sounds like "beam", a synonym of "ray"
bIr v. be cold "Brrrrr!" and beer must be cold
bI'rel tlharghDuj n. B'rel-Class Scout (a type of scout ship) The tlhargh part of this term comes from "Clark" as in "Lewis and Clark", a rather famous pair of scouts.
bI'reS n. beginning (of an opera, play, story, speech, this refers to the opening section of such a performance) cf. Hebrew b@r?? "in the beginning," also used as the title of the Book of Genesis, and of its first chapter.
bo n. feather possibly a pun on "feather boa"
bolwI' n. traitor (slang) bol spelled backwards is lob (obey). I suppose "obey" could be considered the opposite of "betray".
bom v. sing, chant From 50's songs, like "Mr. Sandman" (which opens with people singing "bom bom bom...") or "Sh-Boom"
bo'Degh n. bird (general term) the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds took place in Bodega Bay
buS v. concentrate on, focus on, think only about a popular brand of crane machine game is "Plush Bus". To be successful in obtaining your plush prize, you must focus on it, and nothing else; or "plush buS"
chan n. area eastward, area towards the east "Chan" is a fairly common Chinese name. China is located in the east. Also, China is a large, significant nation in the Far East, thus chan'a', which sounds a lot like "China".
chang'eng n. pair "Chang and Eng Bunker", two famous conjoined twins
cha' number two The name of the dance called the "cha-cha" has the same syllable repeated twice
cha'bIp n. type of bird (speedy) Klingon cha'*=two, thus *cha'bIp is "twice beep." In the cartoons, the Roadrunner always said "beep beep!"
cha'Do' n. type of bird (about which little is known) possibly a reference to the dodo bird. cha'*=two, thus *cha'Do' is "two dos." Since the dodo has been extinct for centuries, there's probably very little we known about it.
cha'naS n. type of bird (digs up bugs to eat) this is a real long shot, but the final syllable might be an acronym of "National Audubon Society"
cha'par n. type of bird noted for its song cha'*=two, thus *cha'par is "twice par." You cannot say "Par Par" without saying "Parp", the sound of e.g. a car horn among other things.
cha'qu' n. type of bird with a noisy, repetitive cry this is probably a reference to cuckoo birds. cha'*=two, thus *cha'qu' is "twice coo."
che' v. rule, reign, run, preside Similar to "chair"
che'ron n. battlefield In the Star Trek episode "Let That be Your Last Battlefield", the planet where the "battle" had happened was Cheron.
chIq v. cross, traverse "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
chIrgh n. temple (structure) This is as close to pronouncing "church" as you can get in Klingon, since rgh is allowed, but rch is not, and the "u" in "church" is closer to I than u.
chom n. bartender as long as you keep buying drinks the bartender will be your chum.
chuy v. sneeze onomatopoeic
Daghtuj n. animal parts mixed together "Hot dog" tuj =hot
Dargh n. tea "Dark" tea, as opposed to "herbal". Perhaps Darjeeling?
DaS n. boot some of the motivation for creating the Klingon Language stems from the experience of seeing the movie Das Boot and seeing the submarine crew in dark, cramped quarters barking a language the viewer didn't understand.
Da'nal n. type of bird (unpredictable) "Donald Duck", a somewhat wacky cartoon character.
Da'vI' n. type of bird (unpredictable) "Daffy Duck", an extremely wacky cartoon character.
Der v. yaw (aircraft nose points left or right) From the second syllable of English "rudder", the control used to yaw an airplane
DeSwar n. cupboard, cabinet, fixed storage device play on "armoire"
DIb n. privilege "Dibs"
DIr n. skin In colonial times, the primary trade item between Native Americans and the British was deer skin.
DIron n. bagpipes "Drone"
Dor v. escort "Allow me to escort you to the door."
DoS n. target Okrand didn't like working with PCs before Windows.
Dup n. strategy "Dupe"
Duq n. small bowl "Duckpins", a game similar to bowling
ghab n. meat from midsection of animal "Gob"
ghagh v. gargle pronouncing ghagh would approximate the sound of gargling
gham n. limb of an animal "Gam" is 1940's slang for a woman's legs
ghang v. end prematurely A lot of the acts on The Gong Show were ended prematurely
ghangwI' n. horizon Gan is Old Chinese for "horizon"
gha'tlhIq n. ode of respect long, like a gothic novel
gheb n. horn (musical instrument) gheb rIl means "He plays a horn." Think "Gabriel"
ghem n. midnight snack Wordplay. ghem spelled backwards is *megh*="lunch"
ghet v. pretend "Get" a life! More likely a reference to the song "The Great Pretender" ghet sounds like Great
ghevI' n. gagh sauce "Gravy"
ghIgh n. assignment, task (slang) a musician's "gig" is his next job
ghobe' excl. no English "go" plus be' - "no go"
ghol n. opponent Your opponent is your "goal"
ghop n. hand reverse wordplay with pogh/"glove." Also possibly a pun on "grope"
ghoS v. approach, go away from, proceed, come, follow (a course) Steady as she "goes"
ghotI' n. fish A joke from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion that the word "ghoti" in English is pronounced "fish": gh like in "enough"; o like in "women"; ti like in "nation."
ghu n. baby "Goo!"
ghup v. swallow "Gulp"
ghuS v. lower (spear) to horizontal to attack "Goose"
HaD v. study Studying is "hard".
HanDI' n. cell German slang for cell(phone) is "handy"
Hagh v. laugh It's what it sounds like
Haq n. Surgery "Hack"
Hat n. temperature "Hot"
Hat v. be illegal "Hot" also. "Hot" = stolen in American slang.
HeD v. retreat "Head" off the enemy when they retreat
Hem v. be proud "Ahem!"
Hew n. statue "Hew", meaning "to shape"
HIja' excl. yes, true made of Japanese "yes" which is pronounced like hi + German ja. Also translates "tell me (about it)!"
HIq n. ale, wine "Hiccup"
HI'tuy n. dictatorship If you despise the dictator, you spit when you say his name.
HoD n. captain Head of Department
HomwI' n. second toe See marwI'
HoQ v. be honored falsely, be falsely honorable possibly a pun on "hoax"
HoS n. strength, energy, power "Horse" power
Hum v. be sticky From "humid", which is also called "sticky"
Hutvagh n. too many people or things in a place at once disclosed during a congested drive on interstate 95. *Hut*=9 *vagh*=5
-jaj suffix may, let sounds the same as the word for "day" - "Mayday"
jat v. Speak incoherently speaking in tongues
jav n. prisoner (slang) The title character in the TV show The Prisoner was known as "Number Six." jav in Klingon also means "six."
jeqqIj n. club, bludgeon Possibly a reference to a "blackjack", a kind of small cudgel. qIj = black
jey'naS n. double-headed ax "Janus" was the Roman god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions
jIb n. hair (on head) A "jib" is a kind of headsail; compare also the nautical expression, "cut of (someone's) jib".
jIl n. neighbor Dr. Okrand has confirmed that this is because he once had a neighbor called Jill.
jIm v. heave (aircraft rising or falling without pitching) Admiral Kirk used this maneuver in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Kirk's nickname is "Jim"
joQ n. rib "Joke" -- rib is slang for a teasing remark or action
joy' v. torture what is torture to a Terran, might be considered joy to a Klingon
lay' v. promise reverse-wordplay on "lie"
leSpal n. type of stringed instrument (mid-sized) "Les Paul", guitar legend
lev n. roof of mouth, palate Backwards, this is "vel". The soft palate is also known as the velum.
le'yo' n. pride "Leo" (pride of lions)
lIH v. begin a song In music, a "lick" is a phrase improvised by a soloist, especially on the guitar or banjo.
lIr n. type of bird (nocturnal) Edward Lear wrote The Owl and the Pussycat
lIw n. Substitute, stand-in, temporary surrogate en lieu - a French phrase often borrowed in English to mean "in place of"
lol v. be in an attitude (aircraft); be in a stance, be in a pose (people animals or martial arts) lol about
luH v. cause (someone) to confess or reveal a secret (slang) spill your guts -- luH also means "intestine".
mach v. be small see tIn
maHpIn n. large bowl "Ten pin" bowling. maH is the Klingon number-forming element for tens.
marwI' n. big toe The toes follow the old children's rhyme "This Little Piggie." Toe names
may'ron n. accordion "Myron Floren", accordion legend on The Lawrence Welk Show
megh'an n. end (of stick, rope, etc.), other end from 'er'In Okrand confirmed that this is because he knows two twins--his nieces--named Megan and Erin.
mej'aD n. artery "Major artery"
me' n. aunt, mother's sister "Auntie Em" from The Wizard of Oz, spelled backward. cf. 'IrneH
mIl v. be formerly honored this is without a doubt a reference to Richard Milhouse Nixon
mIl'oD n. sabre bear "smilodon"
mIQ v. fry, deep-fry "McDonald's"
mIy v. brag "Me"
mob v. be alone reverse-wordplay on "mob", as in "a large crowd of people
moD v. hurry There is a musical group called "Depeche Mode." Depeche means "hurry" in French. Marc Okrand said he did not remember if he had done this deliberately, but that it was possible.
mol v. bury "Mole"
mol n. grave mol spelled backwards is lom ("corpse")
mon v. smile "Mona Lisa": mon'a' ("Is she smiling?")
-mo' suffix due to, because of Why does someone do something? Because it is their M.O. (modus operandi).
muD n. atmosphere, weather "Mood" reverse-wordplay, "mud" is on the ground, opposite of the atmosphere, and where weather occurs
mul v. be stubborn stubborn as a "mule"
mun v. intervene People who had joined the cult known as the Moonies were often abducted by friends and family and deprogrammed in a process known as an intervention.
nalqaD n. mate challange sounds like "naked"; which one would be at the end of a nalqaD
namtun n. familiar beginning of a song "Name that tune"
nanwI' n. fourth toe see marwI'
natlIS n. end of a list the item which is "last" but "not least"
na' v. be salty from Na (Natrium), the symbol for the element sodium
na'ran n. a type of sweet fruit from Spanish naranja, meaning "orange" (the fruit)
neb n. beak, bill "Neb" is an old English word for "nose"
neqratlh n. glasses, spectacles Reversed, this sounds like "Clark Kent"
neSlo' n. small mirror spelled backwards, this is perhaps a reference to Moroni Olsen, the voice of the Magic Mirror in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
nIH v. steal In slang, to "nick" something is to steal it.
noS v. nibble, eat in small mouthfuls Yiddish. "Nosh", to eat between meals, especially to nibble at tidbits.
notqa' n. type of bird (large and black) quoth the raven, "Nevermore." Klingon not "never" + -qa' suffix indicating repeat or resumption
nughI' v. twist knuckle into someone's head "Noogie"
paq n. book like the first syllable of Pocket Books, the publisher of The Klingon Language.
parbIng n. mid-sized bird with particularly garish coloring par + bIng (under). What kind of clothing do golfers wear? And what is the golf term for getting one under par?
paw' v. collide "Pow!"
pa' reD n. interior face of exterior wall from Spanish pared, meaning "wall"
peng n. torpedo sonar sound "ping" always associated with WWII submarine movies and their torpedoes
pep v. raise pep rallies raise your team spirit
pe'vIl adv. forcefully, by force Mark Okrand confirmed that this is because he knew a pair of identical twins named Pat and Phil. There is no real connection between the twins and the word "forcefully", Okrand just wanted to use their names in something.
pIrmuS n. bottom (of an object) In the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream, in the play-within-a-play, the part of Pyramus is played by a character named Nick Bottom.
pIw n. odor pee-yew!
pogh n. glove pogh is ghop (hand) spelled backwards
puch n. toilet "pooch" is another word for 'dog'. And dogs are famous for drinking out of toilets
puq n. child small ones like to puke, or when playing with an infant, people tickle them saying, "pookie, pookie, pookie", a word not otherwise used in the language.
puQ v. be fed up puke-
pur v. breathe in, inhale cf. "purr"
qab n. face another Spanish pun, from cabeza, meaning "head" - also sounds like "back" in reverse.
qab v. be bad A reverse of professional wrestling, where a "face" is a good character, while a "heel" is a bad character.
qaD v. be safe, be protected (slang) Klingons hate to be wet.
qagh n. serpent worm (as food) There is a very similar Welsh word for excrement.
qalmuS n. color (colorfulness) Herbet Kalmus was the co-founder and President of the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation and Natalie Kalmus was the color supervisor for many of its films.
qama' n. prisoner See Unintentional vocabulary for how this word was created - one upshot is that qama' also means "I accommodate you" which seems appropriate for describing a prisoner.
qanraD n. type of bird (songbird) "Conrad Birdie", the title character in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, is a rock-'n'-roll singer (modeled after Elvis Presley).
qanwI' n. pinky finger see SenwI'
qaryoq'a' n. type of bird (capable of mimicking speech) "Karaoke"
qat v. accompany (singing) with instrumental music qat is also a verb meaning "wrap". Could this possibly be a reference to "Rap" music?, or perhaps to Cat Stevens?
qaywI' n. Second (middle) finger see SenwI' also, qay' is a verb meaning: be a problem, be a hassle. If someone is a *qay'wI', give them the qaywI'
qay'wI' n. little toe see marwI'
qa'rI' n. end (of corridor, tunnel, conduit, etc.) Okrand confirmed that this is named after Kari, the mother of his twin nieces Megan (megh'an) and Erin ('er'In).
qa'rol n. type of bird (very large) In Sesame Street, the character of Big Bird is played by Caroll Spinney.
qegh n. barrel, vat (for storage of liquor) "Keg"
qettlhup n. type of sauce "Ketchup"
qewwI' n. ring finger See SenwI'
qID n. joke "to kid"
qIl v. cancel "to kill"
qImroq n. season popular brand of seasoning is "McCormick"
qogh n. ear (external; cartilaginous flap) The painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear.
qol'om n. gold A reference to Coloma, the originating site of the California Gold Rush.
qompogh n. fermented, lumpy paste of mashed fruit and/or animal matter "Compost"
qop v. arrest "Cop" as in "it's a fair cop."
qul n. fire reverse-wordplay on "cool"
qun n. history perhaps a reference to Thomas Kuhn, the philosopher and historian of science?
qung n. hole (in a musical instrument) kong is Chinese for "hole"
qup n. elder qup is puq (child) spelled backwards
qur v. be greedy "Cur" is an insult meaning "mongrel dog", and Ferengi are greedy
qu'vu' n. tetrahedron "Khufu" is the Egyptian pharaoh thought to have built the Great Pyramid of Giza (which is not actually not a tetrahedron).
quy'Ip n. vomit when spelled backwards, this sounds like "puke"
qemjIq n. hole (in the ground) backwards: qIj-meQ, literally "black-burn", from the Beatles song, A Day In The Life: "four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire."
qoghIj n. brain from Latin cogito, meaning "I think"
Qaq v. behave falsely honorably "What a crock!"
Qay'wI' n. little toe see marwI'
QeD n. Science acronym of Latin quod erat demonstrandum
QIS n. wavy-bladed knife "Kris" - a Malayan dagger with a wavy double-edged blade
Qoyje' n. certificate Qoy (v) "hear" + je' (v) "buy" = "hereby." Many certificates being with "I hereby certify that…"
rap v. be the same The reverse of par "dislike". Do Klingons dislike what is not like them?
raS n. table An artist conditions a canvas by painting the whole surface white before painting the subject. This blank canvas is called a tabula rasa (sounds like "tah-boola rahssa")
rech v. exhale "Retch", to try to vomit
ren v. design From the architect Christopher Wren
renwI' n. architect From the architect Renwick, who designed a building where Okrand had held lessons
rewbe' n. citizen rube, a derogatory word that hustlers use for an easy target of a con game
rIch v. talk about, discuss "Talk is cheap"
rIl v. play a horn see gheb
rIlwI' n. child's thumb a player of a horn could be a "Horner". What did little Jack Horner use to take out the plum?
rItlh n. pigment, paint, dye "RITZ" is a popular brand of fabric dye
ron v. roll (aircraft wings tilt, one up, one down) From the last syllable in English "aileron", the control used to roll an airplane
roSwI' n. third toe see marwI'
run v. be short (in stature) a runt
runpI' n. teapot run = short, pI' = fat, so runpI' means "short and fat" or "short and stout" (remind you of any children's' songs?)
ruq v. belch latin eructare, cf. English "eructation"
Sab v. decline, deteriorate Perhaps Okrand drives an old Saab?
Sap v. volunteer If you volunteer for a dangerous mission, some might consider you a "sap"
Sa'Hut n. buttocks Pronounced backwards it matches a silly English slang term for a person's posterior again, read it backwards; tuH'aS, or tuchas - Yiddish for butt (also spelled tuchus).
Sa'Qej n. Sakrej region jeQ'aS (jackass) backwards
SenwI' n. thumb (adult's thumb) In the state of New York, there is a set of lakes called the Finger Lakes. The big one is called Seneca (SenwI'). Among the next largest are Skaneateles (SIqwI'), Cayuga (qaywI'), Keuqa (qewwI'), and Canadaigua (qanwI').
Serrum n. earwax The medical term for earwax is "cerumen"
SID n. patient systemic Immune Deficiency
SIla' n. large mirror SIla' pronounced backwards sounds like "Alice" (you figure out the rest!)
SIqwI' n. index finger see SenwI'
SoD n.& v. flood "Sodden", completely soaked
Sor v. speak non-metaphorically "Shore" = "littoral" = "literal"
SoS n. mother "SOS" is a morse code distress call for help, and who do you call for when you're in distress and need help?-Mother
SoSbor n. computer core "Motherboard" SoS = mother
Sub n. hero A submarine sandwich is also called a "hero," due to a misspelling and mistaken singularization of the Greek "gyros." Bizarrely the major distributor of supplies to gyros vendors worldwide is called Kronos.
Sup v. jump superman is able to leap tall buildings with a single bound.
Supghew n. type of stringed instrument (small) A ukulele is named for the flea-like jumping movement of the player's fingers. The Hawaiian word for flea is "'uku lele", or "jumping bug". Sup=jump, ghew=bug
Sut n. clothing "Suit"
Su'lop n. type of food "Slop"
tangqa' n. bull-like animal probably a reference to the Dakota Indian term "tatonka" meaning "buffalo". There is also a common type of Buddhist painted tapestry called "tangka" or "thangka", which often portrays a rendition of the bull-headed deity Yama.
tap v. mash (fruit, vegetable) reverse wordplay on "tap"
tar n. poison tar is considered the poisonous part of a cigarette, and is generally bad for you as a hydrocarbon
tay' v. be together "Tie"
tennuS n. uncle, father's brother "Uncle Tonoose", a character from the Danny Thomas TV show Make Room for Daddy
tIn v. be big One proposed etymology for this word is based on a Laurel and Hardy movie called "Be Big." The performer's first name "Stan" doesn't fit into Klingon phonology, but stan is the Latin prefix used for chemical compounds made with ... tin. However, when Marc Okrand was asked about this at a qep'a' (I believe qep'a' javDIch?), he said that this was just a coincidence. He explained that in English, words expressing smallness tend to have "i" and "n" sounds (e.g., "tiny", "mini", "itty bitty") and words for largeness have "m" and "o" sounds (e.g., "enormous", "humongous"). So he switched these sounds, so that tIn is "be big" and mach is "be small", to make Klingon sound more alien.
tIng n. Southwestward, area to the southwest possibly a pun on the Jamaican pronunciation of "thing". Jamaica is located south of Cuba and west of Haiti.
tIq n. heart "Ticker"
tIQ v. be ancient "Antique"
tIS v. be light (weight) tissue
tor v. pitch (aircraft tilts nose up or down) From the last syllable in English "elevator", the control used to pitch an airplane
turmIq n. urine "micturate" to urinate
tuS v. cough latin tussire
tuy' v. Spit onomatopoeic, cf. HI'tuy
tlhagh n. fat, animal fat "Clog" your arteries
tlhaq n. chronometer "Clock"
tlhaS v. fight, battle (relatively minor fight) "Clash"
tlhaw' v. hit (percussion instrument) with fist "Clout", to hit, especially with the fist
tlhepQe' n. Saliva spelled backwards, this resembles "expectorate" -- to eject or discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting.
tlher v. be lumpy "Clarence" was Lumpy's given name on Leave It to Beaver
tlhIq n. Stew thick
tlhombuS n. type of food (made from animal fat) "Thrombus", a fibrinous clot formed in a blood vessel or in a chamber of the heart
tlhoS adv. almost, nearly, not quite "Close"
tlhoy adv. overly, to an excessive degree, too much "Cloy"
-vam suffix this See -vetlh
vem'eq n. type of bird (eats qagh) As we say, "The early bird catches the worm," and indeed this bird eats worms (qagh). And vem="wake up" and 'eq="early".
veragh n. rivet What is the sound a frog makes? veragh is as close as you can get to saying "frog" in Klingon
-vetlh suffix that In many languages, the "i" vowel sound is used to indicate nearness (e.g., "this") and "a" or "u" vowel sounds are used for distance (e.g., "that"). Since Klingon -vam and -vetlh are the opposite of this, Okrand may have intended this as a linguistic pun to indicate the alienness of Klingon. Cf. tIn
vIghro' n. type of animal (like a cat) possibly a reference to "Figaro", Pinocchio's cat. Also Megan's cat (see megh'an)
vIlInHoD n. type of bird (capable of mimicking speech) In the story Treasure Island, Long John Silver had a talking pet parrot named "Cap'n Flint". HoD=captain
vIn n. cousin, member of a group of tey' and lor. Cousin Vinny
vIychorgh n. juice, sap "V-8" is a brand of vegetable juice drink. chorgh=8.
von v. trap, entrap When the word is read followed by its translation (cf. DaS//boot), perhaps a pun on the "Von Trap" family of Sound of Music fame.
waq n. shoe "Walk"
waqboch n. type of bird (long beak) waq shoe, boch be shiny. Kiwi is both a brand of shoe polish, and a species of flightless bird having a very long beak.
waQ n. months from now "Wax" and "wane" can be used to describe the changing of the phase of the moon. The moon is roughly on a monthly cycle. Wax -> increase (the time line) = waQ - months from now. Wane -> decrease (the time line) = wen - months ago.
warjun n. type of knife (used for food preparation) The knife is described as having a large rectangular blade: in other words, a cleaver. In the famous old TV series Leave it to Beaver, the Beaver's last name was Cleaver, and his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Cleaver) were Ward and June.
wej number three A "wedge" is triangle-shaped (three sides)
wejpuH excl. Charming (used only ironically) Third time's a charm, net Sov.
wen n. months ago see waQ
weq v. hit (percussion instrument) with palm "Whack"
weQ n. candle wax
wIlle' n. joint (of a body) "I didn't inhale"
wuD v. snore When you snore people say you are sawing "wood"
wup v. burst into song "Whoop"
wuQ v. have a headache wuq (v) is to decide, which may cause someone to wuQ (v)
ya n. tactical officer German "yes"}
yang n. image from a (rubber) stamp The Chinese word for stamp is "yin." Negative images are like "yin" and "yang"
yay n. victory, triumph "Yay!"
yergho n. the wall around a city the walls of Jericho; which in Hebrew would be pronounced more like yeriHO
yIH n. tribble "Yick!" (this is what a Klingon would probably say if they saw a tribble)
yomIj n. neutron Jimmy Neutron is a cartoon character
yor n. top "You're the Top", a song by Cole Porter
yu n. first (and last) note of nonatonic scale Punning on the Western "do-re-mi" scale. The song says "Do, a deer, a female deer." And so we have yu, which sounds like English "ewe" (a female sheep)
yuch n. chocolate spelled backwards this is chuy, which sounds a lot like "chewy"
yu' v. question, interrogate "Hey, you!"
yuvtlhe' n. lid, cap yuv="push," tlhe'="turn"; "Push down while turning" being the instructions on many child-resistant medicine bottle caps.
'ampaS n. academy AMPAS is the acronym of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
'aqnaw n. type of knife (general purpose, cuts anything) Think of late-night commercials selling new and exciting kinds of all-purpose knives and exhorting you: "Act now!"
'aqroS n. maximum, bottom surface of a table, ceiling In Greek, "akros" means "topmost, extreme"
'argh v. worsen The English exclamation "Argh!"
'atlhqam n. type of fungus "Athlete's foot" qam=foot
'awje' n. root beer In Klingon, je after the nouns means "and", and so 'awje can be read a w je or a and w. A&W is a famous brand of root beer
'aw' v. sting The English exclamation "Ow!"
'eDjen n. an arrogant or haughty person In English, someone who is arrogant is said to be on a "high horse". jen is the Klingon verb "be high", and "Ed" is the name of a talking horse on the television program Mr. Ed.
'egh n. third note of nonatonic scale Punning on the Western "do-re-mi" scale. As the song says, "Mi... a name I call myself," and 'egh is homophonous with the suffix -'egh? indicating reflexivity ("self").
'elpI' n. serving platter An "LP" refers to a long-playing phonograph record, back when music was recorded on vinyl. An LP is thus a largish disk of plastic, known colloquially as a "platter".
'em v. vomit Greek eme? cf. English "emesis"
'er'In n. end (of stick, rope, etc.), other end from megh'an See megh'an
'ev n. northwestward, area to the northwest "Eve Kendall", a character in the Alfred Hitchcock movie North by Northwest
'ey v. be good, be delicious, be tasty, be harmonious This is the sound you make when you enjoy something tasty or harmonious
'e'mam n. aunt, father's sister spelled backwards, this is almost certainly a reference to "Auntie Mame", the main character in a movie of the same name
'IH v. be beautiful, handsome Reverse wordplay on "ick"
'InSep n. penis This is simply a rearrangement of the letters in "penis"
'Iq v. be too many, be too much ick
'IqnaH n. mucus when spelled backwards, this sounds like "hankie", a piece of cloth used to wipe away mucus from the mouth and nose
'IrneH n. uncle, mother's brother "Uncle Henry" from The Wizard of Oz, spelled backward. cf. me'
'ISjaH n. calendar This is DIS (n) plus jar (n) with the first and last letters replaced
'IvtIH n. hip hooray from 'Iv (who) and tIH (ray)
'Iw n. blood eeew!
'obe' n. order; group officially recognized by government Abbreviation of "Order of the British Empire"
'oj v. be thirsty One might be thirsty for "OJ", a common abbreviation for "orange juice"
'om v. resist, fend off Unit for measuring resistance in an electrical circuit is "ohm"
'oQqar n. root, tuber the musical instrument known as the "ocarina" is sometimes called a "sweet potato"
'orwI' n. pilot, one who operates (an aircraft) Orville Wright was the first pilot of a powered, heavier than air craft
'oy' n. pain Yiddish exclamation indicating pain or frustration, e.g. "oy gevalt"
'o'megh n. end (of a song) possibly a pun on "omega", the last letter of the Greek alphabet
'o' n. aft A visual pun: it looks like a ship's exhaust port
'ugh v. be heavy Any typical cartoon character trying to lift something heavy will have a text balloon over him saying, "Ugh" to convince you of the effort he is expending and not doing well
'uH v. have a hangover, be hung over What is the sound a hung over person makes when they try to sit up and their head pounds?
'ul n. electricity Underwriter's Laboratory -- most electric appliances have UL stickers.
'uma' n. petal Petaluma, a city in California
'up v. be unsavory, disgusting, repugnant, loathsome, icky This is how I find 7up; maybe Okrand feels the same way. Or read it backwards and notice it sounds like "pooh"
'uSgheb n. type of bird (likened to a rooster) "Leghorn", a small egg-laying fowl. Many people will be familiar with the cartoon character "Foghorn Leghorn", who is definitely a rooster. 'uS=leg, gheb=horn
'uSqan n. iron (element) The USS Constitution had the nickname "Old Ironsides"
Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 08 Jan 2020, by RileyDosh    Created: 24 Mar 2014 by KlingonTeacher
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