[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: rol

Felix Malmenbeck felixm at kth.se
Thu Dec 16 12:53:44 PST 2021

There is a note from Alice in Wonderland, which describes growing a mustache, but it's probably also useful for referring to beards and other forms of hair, too:


And for "grow" as in "grow a mustache," make use of {nargh}, as in {nargh lochwIj} "I'm growing a mustache." (To indicate that you're doing it on purpose, you could say {nargh lochwIj 'e' vIchaw'} "I'm letting my mustache grow" or something similar.)

(Source: QelIS boQHarmey, English Kindle version, page 205; described as "From the hand of Marc Okrand, edited by Lieven L. Litaer")



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Klingon word:    rol
Part of speech:  noun
Definition:      beard

toDuj 'oS rol
A beard is a symbol of courage. (TKW)

molor rol chIpchu' qeylIS 'ej teq
Kahless cut off Molor’s beard  (PB)

(TKW 85):  Fighting in such close proximity to one another, a beard may be thought of by some as a disadvantage since one of the combatants may grab onto the beard of the other and draw him closer. To wear a beard, and long hair for that matter, shows that one is both brave and confident--willing to give the opponent the upper hand, and secure that one’s own skills are superior.

(qurgh, 7/28/2017 < qep’a’ 2017):  I asked [Okrand] about {jIb}, {pob}, {loch} and {rol} after there was a conversation about it in the Learn Klingon Facebook group.  {jIb} is only hair on the top of your head, {loch} is the hair on your upper lip, {rol} is the hair on your face that covers you chin/neck area, and {pob} is hair from the neck down.  Arm hair is {DeS pob}.  The words cover both the hair and the entire construction, so {rol} refers to a beard as well as the hair that makes up the beard.  However, ear hair or nose hair is talked about using {pob}, and {pob} can be used to talk about face hair or head hair but it would be considered very strange to do so.

rol taj                  razor (n) {TNK]

Huy'             eyebrow (n)
chIp             cut, trim (hair) (v)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary or notes from the last
    year or two. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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