[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jeQ

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Jan 15 07:18:07 PST 2019

Klingon word: jeQ
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be selfconfident
Source: TKD

  You are self-confident. KGT

Note the idiom  {vaj Duj chIj} "navigate a warrior ship" meaning to have strength of character.

For the opposite idea: 

(KGT 30-31):  throughout the Empire, a soup whose main component is igvah liver has a special name, {ghaw'}. This word is avoided in the Vospeg region, however, because there, the word {ghaw'} is a slang term meaning something like "one who is full of self-doubt or who is insecure" and is a word used only as an insult.

 (KGT 123):  This is the Klingon equivalent of wound one's pride. The sash represents a Klingon's heritage. If the sash is removed, so is the Klingon's ancestral identity, and, along with it, his or her dignity and self-esteem. It is generally used with a possessive pronominal suffix attached to {Ha'quj} (sash):  {Ha'qujwIj} (my sash), {Ha'qujlIj} (your sash), and so forth. Thus, the phrase {Ha'qujlIj nge'} (literally, "take away your sash") means wound your pride.


"Leadership grows from self-confidence, which is part of a Starfleet officer's education." (Troi, TNG "Pen Pals")

"She must see the fire in your eyes. [...] Words come later." (Worf counseling a love-struck Geordi, TNG "Transfigurations")

jaq 		be bold (v)
Hem 		be proud (v)
nguq 		be arrogant, haughty, conceited (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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