[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: ngom

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Feb 1 07:35:33 PST 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, February 01, 2021

Klingon word: 	ngom
Part of speech:	verb
Definition: 	be geeky
Source: 	Festival of the Spoken Nerd  [FOTSN]

(Okrand to De'vID, March 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." 

PUN:  {mong} "neck" backwards (i.e. "pencil-necked geek")?

ngotlh 		be fanatical (v)
   ngotlhwI'  	   fan,  fanatic (n) (DSC Netflix)
vIlle' 		follower, disciple, fan, admirer, minion (n)
qolqoS 		core [of a group] (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from the last year or two. I’ve fallen 
    behind in updating my files and adding cross-references for related words.  

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