[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: Qatlh

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Wed Oct 2 08:13:53 PDT 2019

Klingon word: Qatlh
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be complex

wIqIpmeH Qatlh'a' 
Difficult to hit? (ST5 Notes)]

qIpmeH Qatlh'a' 
Difficult to hit? (ST5)

Most difficult. (ST5)

motlh ray' luSamlaHmeH De' Qatlh cha' tlhIngan Duj jIH'a' 
The main viewer on a Klingon ship is usually overlaid with a
 complex target acquisition grid. (SP3)

(KGT 179):  For example, among Klingons, a task that is difficult ({Qatlh}) is more highly valued than one that is easy ({ngeD}). 

(KGT 159):  the verb suffix {-qu'}, which is used for emphasis (compare {Qatlh}, difficult, and {Qatlhqu'}, very difficult).
(TKD 59):  As in any language, Klingon sentences range from the very simple and straightforward to the very complex and convoluted.

 (KGT 75):  Wind instruments … range from the simple flute or fife ({Dov'agh}), generally crafted from a bone, to the highly complex {meSchuS}. This is a very large instrument, not at all easily moved from place to place, which consists of a network of interlocking tubes.

Qatlh  		slime devil (animal) (n)
DenIb Qatlh 	Denebian slime devil (n)

let 		be hard (as a rock) (v)
rotlh 		be tough (v)
nap 		be simple (v)
ngeD 		be easy (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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