How Do I say... Good night?

The most common phrase for this is maj ram (maj good ram night). One should notice that this does not follow the grammatical rules, especially since maj can usually only be used as a standalone phrase meaning "Well Done!" or "Good!"(1) The literal translation for good night would be ram QaQ. It is believed that this unusual phrase may be explained that these were two separate phrases meaning "Good. It is night." = maj. ram. (2)

Parallel to this, many experienced Klingonists agree to say maj po for "good morning".

Background information

The phrase has been heard for the first time in the 1994 DSN episode "The Blood Oath", where Kor talks to Dax in Quark's Bar and says "maj ram, blood brother." It was obviously just a bad direct translation by the script writers using "good" + "night", disregarding any grammar.

See also


1 : Conversational Klingon

2 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, p. 119

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