[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qatru'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Dec 26 06:28:27 PST 2017

Klingon word: qatru'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: nerd
Source: Festival of the Spoken Nerd

  qatru' jatlhlu'bogh yupma' 
  Festival of the Spoken Nerd (MO to De'vID, 3/2015)

(MO to De'vID, 3/2015):
    (1) {ven} can be used for "be nerdy", but there may be some other apt English translations. It describes someone who is really into something (or a number of things), a true devotee, who partakes in activities associated with whatever he/she is into - doesn't just sit on the sidelines - and does so very seriously (though, with Klingons, pretty much everything is done very seriously by everybody, so this isn't much of a distinction). It is possible to say {venwI'} "one who is nerdy" or "nerd". 
    (2) Another word for nerd is {qatru'}. Though {venwI'} is fine, {qatru'} is more common... and nerdier. ({qatru'} is the word he gave me before he was perplexed by nerd vs. geek.) 
    (3) {ngom} can be used for "be geeky". Like {ven}, it's used to describe someone who's really into something and knows a lot about it, but doesn't necessarily partake in related activities - certainly not with the thoroughness of a {qatru'}. (Also, as with {ven}, there may be some other English glosses besides "be geeky".) It is possible to say {ngomwI'} "one who is geeky" or "geek."

  1. In Dr. Seuss's "If I Ran the Zoo", young Gerald McGrew sailed to Ka-Troo to capture "an It-Kutch, a Preep, and a Proo, a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too." 
  2. "See also the (rather geeky) song 'Siberian Khatru', by Yes." (Eric Andeen, 7/30/2015)

vIlle' 		follower, disciple, fan, admirer, minion (n)
qolqoS 		fanatical core (n)
ngotlh 		be fanatical (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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