[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qan

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Aug 22 10:01:42 PDT 2018

Klingon word: qan
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be old (not young)
Source: HQ:v10n2p7

You are old. KLS

because you are old. TKD

SuvwI'pu' qan tu'lu'be' 
There are no old warriors. TKW

qanchoHpa' qoH, Hegh qoH 
Fools die young. TKW

qan; QI'tu' rur 
He/she is as old as Qui'Tu. KGT 

'ugh SuvwI' qan 
The old warrior is heavy. KGT

'uH SuvwI' qan 
The old warrior has a hangover. KGT

qan qI'empeq 
K'mpec is old. (HQ 10.2:9)

jIH qan law' SoH qan puS 
I'm older than you. (Lieven < Okrand, 7/25/2016)

cha' DISmo' jIH qan law' SoH qan puS 
I'm two years older than you. (Lieven < Okrand, 7/25/2016)

HoD qan Duj legh HoD Qup 
The young captain sees the old captain's ship. (qepHom 2017)

(HQ 10.2:9):  In addition to {qan} "use the little finger, use the pinkie", there is another verb {qan} meaning "be old (not young)".  No doubt because of this resemblance, when one points at someone using the little finger, or when one remarks on this pointing, the pointer is making a comment on the age of the person being pointed to.

qeylIS SuvwI' qan je 
  [translation unavailable] (PB; section title)

qanjIt qan vemmoH moratlh, vavDaj ghaH qanjIt'e' 
Morath wakes his father, the old Kanjit   (PB)

qul ngeng HeHDaq 
    ba'taHvIS qeylIS
    ghoS SuvwI' qan
Kahless sits at the shores 
   Of the lake of fire
   As an old warrior passes by.  (PB)

nen 		be mature, grown-up, adult (v)
notlh 		be obsolete (v)
Doy' 		be tired (v)
tIQ 		be ancient (v)

Qup		be young (v)
chu'		be new (v)
ngo' 		be old (not new) (v)

qup 		elder (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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