Bird of Prey Poster

Bird of Prey Poster
The Bird of Prey Poster is a three-foot large poster displaying the components of a Klingon Bird of Prey (i.e. one of their space ships). The poster contains Klingon words for each described part. Since these have been developped by Marc Okrand, the poster is considered canon.

According to the copyright notice, the poster was printed in 1998.

Size: 91 x 61 cm / 36 x 24 inch

Known errors

There are very few errors in the poster, like a missing apostrophe on De' and an unnecessary space in the word tlh_Ingan.

Grammatical irregularities

One of the labels is telDaq wovmoHwI' for "wing light". This seems to violate the rule that in a noun-noun construction only the last can have type-5 suffixes. This problem has not been solved yet, while there are multiple interpretations for this:

  • One can consider it to be a compound noun tel "wing" + Daq "location", making the phrase "wing-location brightener".
  • Some people try to convince themselves that it isn't a noun-noun construction but a phrase missing a verb, so the rule thus does not apply.

The question may be why Okrand did not prefer to translate it as tel wovmoHwI'. As possible answer is that it may be interpreted like it was brightening the wing. That's not what wing lights do.


Technical Illustration: Matt Cushman
Computer Illustration: Bob Kayganich
Creative Director: Marty Petz
Klingon Translation: Marc Okrand

Supported by the Star Trek Art Department: John Eaves, Herman Zimmerman, Mike Okuda, Rock Sternbach, Doug Drexler.

See also

External links

Category: Canon    Latest edit: 04 Apr 2019, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 22 Jun 2014 by KlingonTeacher
History: r8 < r7 < r6 < r5 - View wiki text
The Klingon Language Wiki is a private fan project to promote the Klingon language. See Copyright notice for details.