[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: gha'cher

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Mar 21 07:42:47 PDT 2022

Klingon Word of the Day for Monday, March 21, 2022

Klingon word: 	gha'cher
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	goat-like creature
Source: 	qep'a' 26 [2019]
AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(qep’a’ 2019):  Closest Klingon goat analog

  “If she fails us, we'd better get used to herding goats.” (Kirk, “Who Mourns for Adonais?”)

DI'raq  		sheep (n) TLP
  - (Lieven, 9/01/2018):  The prince was asking for a sheep. The used word sheep (French *mouton*) does not imply any gender. When the pilot drew one with horns
  - (MO to Lieven? [date?]):  There's a fluffy, woolly, shaggy Klingon animal called a {DI'raq}, similar to a sheep. To distinguish, one can say {tera' DI'raq} the first time it comes up, but probably shorten it to just (DI'raq} after that. A male sheep, that is, a ram, is called {DI'raq loD}. It's two words. Kin terms (like {puqloD} and {lorloD}) are set terms, regular vocabulary items. For animals, Klingon doesn't have special words for male vs. female. That is, English has ram (male), ewe (female), sheep (both/either), but Klingon has only an equivalent for sheep – no separate word for ram or ewe. If it's necessary to specify sex/gender, it's done using the noun-noun construction.

bolmaq  	[hyena??]
  - (Keith R.A. DeCandido's novel  "Klingon Empire: A Burning House"):  An animal native to the planet Boreth that makes a bleating sound and tends to run around in circles a lot.
  - (Felix, 7/25/2016):  Also, according to DeCandido, the {bolmaq} is more similar to a hyena than a sheep. I believe I asked this question in connection with the Minecraft translation

ghugh 		vocalize (by animals) (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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