[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: jonpIn

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Fri Jan 27 07:11:09 PST 2023

Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, January 27, 2023

Klingon word: 	jonpIn
Part of speech: 	noun
Definition: 	engineering officer

AFAIK never used in a sentence.

(KGT 53):  There are a number of words employed to describe the specific functions performed by officers on a ship, but none of these is used as a title. For example, the science officer is the {QeDpIn}, the communications officer is the {QumpIn}, the weapons officer is the {nuHpIn}, the engineering officer is the {jonpIn}, the tactical officer is the {ya}, and the helmsman is the {DeghwI'}. It is not correct, however, to say {qImlaq ya} (Tactical Officer K'mlak). On the other hand, one might say, {ya ghaH qImlaq Sogh'e'} (Lieutenant K'mlak is the tactical officer).

(KGT 158-59):  The word {pIn} is literally "boss".  […]  The word {pIn} is also found in nonslang terms referring to crew members on a ship: {QeDpIn} (science officer), {QumpIn} (communications officer). It is not known whether these words originated as slang and became accepted as the regular terms or whether the use of {pIn} in the sense of "expert, authority" was modeled after the words {QeDpIn} and {QumpIn}. 

  Tavana was the engineering officer of the IKC Rotarran. (DS9 “Soldiers of the Empire”)

jonSeH yaH  	engineering (station on ship) (n) 
jonta'  		engine (n)
jonta' pa'  	engineering (department/room on ship) (n)
jonwI'  		engineer (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from recent qep’a’mey 
    or qepHommey. I’ve fallen woefully behind in updating my files.

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