[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jonta'

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Tue Nov 8 08:06:16 PST 2022

Klingon word: 	jonta'
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	engine
Source: 	TKD

jonta' neH 
only the engine (TKD)

matHa', DoS jonta' neH 
Gunner: target engine only. (ST3)

nISbogh Duj!  tlhIngan wo' Daq'a' bo'elpu'!  jonta' bochu'qa'chugh 'ej tIjwI'ghom bovanrupbe'chugh vaj reQaw'! 
[…] You have entered the jurisdiction of the Klingon Empire! [...]  [full translation unavailable] (ST11 deleted line via Felix)

(TKD 78) :  Sometimes one member of a set may be partially analyzed. For example, {jonta'} engine begins with {jon}, which is also found in {jonwI'} engineer, and ends with {ta'}, which also occurs in {mIqta'} machinery. The other members of these synonym sets, {QuQ} engine and {jo'} machinery, cannot be further analyzed.

"Engines are for mechanics and menials." 
(Elaan, the Dohlman of Elas, to Chief Engineer Scott, TOS "Elaan of Troyius")

jonta' pa'  	engineering (department/room on ship) (n)
  - "{jonta' pa'} for engineering is fine for referring to the room where the engine is (or engines are). If engineering (as in "Scotty, go down to Engineering and see what's happening there") means the place where the engines are controlled, that might be {jonSeH yaH}. {jonSeH} means something like engine control or engine controlling. If the engines and the engine-control place are the same, {jonta' pa'} will work. … The {jonSeH yaH} could be on the bridge or else somewhere else (in the room where the engines are or close to that)." (qepHom 2017)

nguSDI' 	motor (n)
Hongghor 	impulse drive (n)
pIvghor  	warp drive (n)
HanDogh  	nacelle (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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