Best Klingon words for Scrabble?
May 1, 2014 8:48 AM   Subscribe

My wife & I are playing in a charity scrabble tournament this weekend, called "Scrabble for Cheaters." Basically, players can "buy cheats" based on how much money they raised, and one of the cheats is to use a word from any other language. If anyone out there has a decent knowledge of Klingon and also Scrabble strategy, could you give us some pointers on Klingon words that are seven letters or fewer, and potentially high scoring for Scrabble? Thanks!
posted by ericbop to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Qap'la (translates as "success") is one of the first that comes to mind.
posted by Telpethoron at 8:53 AM on May 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Klingon is very apostrophe heavy, but I assume that those can be ignored for the purposes of this game.

Some good ones include: Qapla' (success) and majQa' (well done)

Lots more good ones.
posted by sparklemotion at 8:53 AM on May 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Couldn't find any with z's, but jiQuch (pleased?) also seems like a good one...
posted by ericbop at 9:48 AM on May 1, 2014

Klingon doesn't use 'z' iirc.
posted by Zalzidrax at 10:31 AM on May 1, 2014

Also this is a great resource for looking up Klingon words/vocabulary.

One thing to be careful of, though, is that many Klingon words use apostrophes - since scrabble doesn't include those or include words with those, a word like Qapla' may not be valid even "cheating."
posted by Zalzidrax at 10:42 AM on May 1, 2014

People, people. Obviously you use the blank tile for the apostrophe.
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:26 PM on May 1, 2014 [3 favorites]

Klingon will give you a lot of Q words where the Q is not followed by a u.

Since Klingon is agglutinative, it can create very long words that represent entire sentences, for instance maghoSchoHmoHneS'a' - "May we execute a course (to some place)?". Of course, that might be difficult to play in Scrabble. As far as words without prefixes/suffixes go, qelI'qam ("kellicam" - that's a capital i after the L) is a measure of distance on the order of a kilometer.

If you can, find a copy of The Klingon Dictionary. It can back you up in case you need to prove that your words are actually Klingon.
posted by WasabiFlux at 9:00 PM on May 1, 2014

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