[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ngomwI'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Oct 25 08:09:54 PDT 2019

Klingon word: ngomwI'
Part of speech: noun
Definition: geek
Source: Festival of the Spoke Nerd

ngom  		be geeky (v) (FOTSN/FFN)

(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".

vIlle' 		follower, disciple, fan, admirer, minion (n)
qolqoS 		fanatical core (n)
po'wI'  		expert (n)
pIn 		expert, authority (n) (slang)

ngotlh 		be fanatical (v)

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