[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tlhIngan yejquv

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Nov 2 08:14:43 PDT 2018

Klingon word: tlhIngan yejquv
Part of speech: noun
Definition: Klingon High Council

yejquv vaS'a' vISuch vIneH 
I want to visit the Great Hall of the High Council. (CK)

juHqo'Daq vaS'a' tu'lu'. ngoch luchermeH 'ej wo' San luwuqmeH pa' ghom tlhIngan
  yejquv DevwI'pu'. 
On the Homeworld, there is a great hall where the leaders of the Klingon High Council
  meet to determine policy and decide upon the fate of the Empire. (S25)

DaH che' ghawran. yejquv DevwI' moj ghawran 'e' wuqta' cho' 'oDwI' Dapu'bogh
  janluq pIqarD HoD. 
Gowron currently presides, named leader of the High Council by Captain Jean-Luc Picard,
 who was acting as Arbiter of Succession. (S25)

DuraS tuq tlhIngan yejquv patlh luDub 'e' reH lunIDtaH DuraS be'nI'pu' lurSa' be'etor je. 
The sisters of the House of Duras, Lursa and B'Etor, are constantly seeking a higher 
  standing for the House of Duras within the Klingon High Council. (S26)

DurIt tlhIngan yejquv 
Summoned to the Klingon High Council. (MKE)

 (KGT 36-38):  Among the higher classes, one is born into an ancestral unit known as a {tuq}, normally translated "house". Some houses are particularly wealthy, controlling vast lands by means of armed forces loyal to the particular house. Other houses have far less influence and, for survival, often form alliances with the larger houses. Each house is led by the eldest male direct descendent of the previous leader (there are complex traditions dealing with what happens if there is no male heir), and the heads of the larger houses--that is, those with the greatest holdings and strongest forces-have seats on the Klingon High Council ({tlhIngan yejquv}), the body that rules the Empire. Since the number of seats on the Council is limited, many houses are not directly represented, are not as influential in Klingon society, and therefore occupy a slightly lower social position. ... A house's place in society may also be adversely affected by the behavior of its leadership. If the High Council determines an action to be dishonorable, not only may it remove the leader of a house from the Council itself, it may also seize the house's lands, forces, and other holdings.

(KGT 157):  In this case, the leader of the Klingon High Council typically wears a ceremonial cape. The slang sense of {ngup} does not refer only to this position on the High Council, however, but to anyone in power or even to "the power structure".

(KGT 31):  it is definitely worth putting forth whatever effort may be required to become familiar with regionalisms if one expects to travel around the Empire, especially to places distant from the First City or to regions in which there may be some dissatisfaction with the current leadership of the High Council.

   Although Gowron dismissed Lursa and B'Etor with a curt "Women may not serve on the Council" in TNG "Redemption I", at least two women appeared to be on the High Council - or present in the Council chambers - during during Worf's {meqba'} hearing and subsequent discommendation in 2264. (TNG "Sins of the Father")

yejquv DevwI'  		Leader of the High Council (n)
Qang  			chancellor (n)

yej  			assembly,  council (n)
rIp  			council,  assembly (n)
quprIp 			Council of Elders (n)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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