[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ngutlh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 11 08:28:53 PDT 2019

Klingon Word of the Day for Sunday, March 10, 2019

Klingon word: ngutlh
Part of speech: noun
Definition: letter, written character
Source: qepHom 2016

(De'vID < MO, 2/17/2018):  Writing system in general ({pIqaD} is just one of many in the world/galaxy) is {ghItlhmeH Ho’DoS} "system for writing". ... For font or typeface, you can use {ngutlh tu’qom} "written character appearance/form/shape".  For bold, Maltz suggested {pI’} fat.  For italics, he said {chongHa’} un-vertical.

(De'vID < MO, 2/25/2018):  As you say, case, lower case, and upper case are not Klingon things, so there’s no traditional Klingon jargon for this.  Maltz said to just use big and small:  {ngutlh tIn, ngutlh mach}.  For "ignore case", perhaps {ngutlh Sar buSHa’} "ignore written-character variety" or {potlhbe’ ngutlh Sar} "written-character variety isn’t important".

(De'vID, 1/16/2019): Just to note that there's a follow-up to this from Maltz suggesting to use {DI'on} instead of {Sar}. 

(TKD 77):  Note that /ch/, /gh/, /ng/, and /tlh/ are considered separate letters.

(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.

jItuj'ep ngutlh 	mummification glyph (n)
ngutlh tu’qom 	font, typeface (n)
ngutlh nagh  	die/dice with letters (n)

pIqaD 		the native Klingon writing system (n)
Degh 		symbol (n)
per 		label (n)
yang 		stamp (image) (n)
mIllogh 		picture,  image, (visual) depiction, drawing (n)

ghItlh 		engrave, incise, mark, write (the physical act) (v)
DIj 		use a pigment stick, paint with pigment stick (v)

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