[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: mon

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 13 08:24:39 PDT 2018

Klingon word: mon
Part of speech: verb
Definition: smile

pIj monchugh vay' yIvoqQo' 
Don't trust those who frequently smile. TKW 

[Kor harked back to this expression when he said, referring to the Organian Council of Elders, "I don't trust men who smile too much." (TKW 167; cf. TOS "Errand of Mercy"; also "Klingons are generally apprehensive about those showing too much friendship." [KGT 202])]

may' bI'reS bejtaHvIS mon 
[(i.e. Molor] PB)

  "The Klingon word for smile is {mon}. This also means things like snarl and smirk. I wouldn't be surprised to find a Klingon mon and growl at the same time, but mon by itself doesn't describe the full growling experience." (st.k 8/06/96)

  "To a Klingon, a smile signals not only contentment, satisfaction, and good humor, but also complacency, the feeling that all is well." (TKW 167)

  "The 'placid sheep' of the Council and their smiles disgust Kor, who prefers the nonsmiling 'Organian' [i.e. Kirk in disguise] beside him." (TKW 166 ill.; TOS "Errand of Mercy")

 "Mona Lisa" ({mon'a'} Is she smiling?) Confirmed by MO at qep'a' wejDIch.

  "O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain! [. ] 
   That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." (Hamlet I,5)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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