[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: wab poD

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Dec 2 07:38:47 PST 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, November 30, 2019

Klingon word: wab poD
Part of speech: noun
Definition: consonant
Source: qep'a' 26 [2019]

(qep’a’ 2019):  This refers to sounds, not letters or glyphs

(ghunchu'wI', 7/27/2009):  There are names for the individual sounds of spoken Klingon. These are not really the letters of an alphabet (though with the phonetic transcription we use, the distinction is very fine). They follow a very simple pattern: consonants' names consist of the sound followed by /-ay/, and vowels' names consist of the sound preceded by /'/ and followed by /t/. The glottal stop sound is an exception, being called {qaghwI'}, though this longish name is often eschewed in favor of a simple grunt of the sound itself.

E.g. letter names:  {'at, bay, chay, Day, 'et, ghay … 'ut, way, yay, qaghwI'}.

wab  		sound,  noise (n)
wab naQ 	vowel (n) (qep'a' 2019)

'InDogh 	syllable (n)
QIch 		speech [i.e. vocal sounds] (n)
ghogh 		voice (n)

qol 		pronounce (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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