[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ngom

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Mar 23 08:22:49 PDT 2018

Klingon word: ngom
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be geeky
Source: Festival of the Spoken Nerd  [FOTSN]

(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".

{mong} "neck" backwards (i.e. "pencil-necked geek")?

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

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

tlhIngan nompuq pIn'a'
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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