[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: qolqoS

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jun 11 09:09:21 PDT 2021

Klingon word: 	qolqoS
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	core of a group, the essential part of something; essence
Source: 	qep'a' wa'maH loSDIch

(ghunchu'wI', 7/29/2009):  There is no "fanatical" implication in {qolqoS}.  That was an initial guess at the meaning by Lawrence, which got the response "Not necessarily fanatical."  I have it glossed as "core, essence".  In the right context, I think "heart" could be an appropriate translation as well.

(Qov 8/02/2007):   qep'a'Daq <nuq 'oS?>, ghel 'anghal:  "When I told you that it would be a small qep'a', you wrote that that was okay, at least the {qolqoS} would be there.  It seems to mean 'fanatical core'."  jangchu'be' Okrand, jatlh:  "Perhaps not necessarily fanatical," 'ach SIbI' John Colicos ghov 'op.  Kor Da.  QIjtaHbe' Okrand, mon neH.
(ghunchu'wI' 08/07/2007):  mu' wIghoj:  tlhIngan Hol yejHaD qolqoS'e' maHlaw'.

[Lieven interviews Okrand, qepHom 2015 p.12]:  
   LLL:   Is this [SuqSIv 'core"] restricted to fruit, or can this also be used for the core of a planet, or the sun?
   MO:  Yes, it could be the core of anything, the inside of something (but of course not the core of a group, which we know is {qolqoS}). 

bay'eS 		inferior, subordinate (n)
vIlle' 		follower, disciple, fan, admirer, minion (n)
  - (Okrand to ghunchu'wI', 7/26/2009):  A {vIlle'}, on the other hand, is definitely someone you want to have around -- a follower, disciple, fan, admirer, minion.

For core ideas, etc. see:
ghanroq 	basis, foundation (n)
  - (qep'a' 2018):   underlying support for an idea, argument, or process, depending on context, could also be {meq} or {qolqoS}
  - (MO’s qepHom 2018 Video Interview):  It's the foundation of a philosophy. The basics on which somebody's thinking is based.

meq  		reason (logical thinking); motive; topic, subject, theme (n)
potlh 		consequential thing, something important (n)
qech 		idea (n)
nger 		theory (n)
qangtlhIn 	ideology, beliefs, principles, standards, ethics (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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