Clipped Klingon

The term clipped Klingon describes a short form of non-standard speech that is heard rather frequently. In Klingon it is called tlhIngan Hol poD clipped Klingon or simply Hol poD clipped language. (1) It is also the title of chapter 7 of The Klingon Dictionary.

Commands and responses to commands

When in battle situations, a captain may give orders omitting the correct prefix, for instance instead of yIbaH simply baH.

The pronoun of a to-be-construction is left out. (2)

Standard Klingon: nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'

Clipped Klingon: nuqDaq puchpa'


A speaker who is excited may omit the prefixes, as we have seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock when Commander Kruge yelled at his officer qama'pu' jonta' neH instead of qama'pu' vIjonta' vIneH.

See also


1 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, p. 172

2 : Power Klingon

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