[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tej

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Mar 1 08:09:25 PST 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Klingon word: 	tej
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	scientist
Source: 	TKD

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(De’vID, 7/26/2019):  At the 2014 Saarbrücken qepHom'a' … Okrand made a remark along the lines that, generally, if there's a {QeD}, there's a corresponding {tej}.  Sometimes he explicitly reveals a {tej} for a {QeD}, but sometimes he doesn't.

(qepHom 2019 booklet):  There is a pattern that if there is a {xQeD}, then the {xtej} is automatically correct.  {xQeD} and {xtej} are generally written without a space, but there are few exceptions:  {DI'ruj QeD} "metaphysics" is two words (as is {DI'ruj tej}).  Also, {Hov leng QeD} "treknology" is a made-up word (or phrase) that doesn't come from Klingon culture; it was a one-time translation of a chapter heading in a non-Klingon publication. So Klingons aren't concerned about that one.

DI'ruj tej	[metaphysician] (n) [N.B. two words]
Hovtej 		astronomer (n)
mI' tej 		mathematician (n) [N.B. two words]
quntej 		historian (n)
yuQtej 		geographer (n)
'an'ortej 	paleontologist (n)
'otlhtej 		someone who studies quantum mechanics (n)

QeD 		science (n)
wIgh 		genius (n)
jonwI' 		engineer (n)
HaDwI' 		student, scholar (n)
Qel 		doctor, physician (n)

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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