Everyday Klingon

HolQeD article of vol. 4 issue 3, September 1995, page 4-5

Written by Marc Okrand; Originally published in HolQeD, the quarterly journal of the Klingon Language Institute, Flourtown, PA, ISSN 1061-2327.


Transcription of SkyBox trading cards S7, S8, and S9 and trading cards S13, S14 and S15.


[Written by Lawrence M. Schoen; Transcription was corrected against original cards.]

Canonical Klingon is a precious and rare commodity, serendipitously trickling down to us, whether as individual words which HolQeD is fortunate enough to receive direct from Okrand or collections of sentences painfully reconstructed from a Hallmark commercial. One surprising source continues to be the Star Trek: The Next Generation trading cards put out by SkyBox International, Inc. In HolQeD 3:4 the text of three Klingon cards from the first season's deck were presented. SkyBox appears to be continuing this tradition, and a visit to a recent convention yielded up six new cards, three from the second season and three from the recently released third season deck. As with the original three, each card was translated into Klingon by Marc Okrand.

From the Star Trek: The Next Generation, second season card series by SkyBox International, Inc.:

S7 - qIvo'rIt pagh'e' – K'Vort Class Pagh

qIvo'rIt toQDuj 'oH tlhIngan wo' Duj pagh'e'. ra' qarghan HoD. DujvamDaq tlhIngan nuH tu'lu'bogh pov law' Hoch pov puS 'ej DujvamDaq 'op SuvwI' tu'lu'bogh po' law' tlhIngan yo' SuvwI' law' po' puS.

The Imperial Klingon Vessel Pagh is a K'vort-class Bird-of-Prey under the command of Captain Kargan. It has the best weapons and some of the finest warriors in the Klingon fleet.

S8 - Bat'telh, Klingon Sword of Honor

qaStaHvIS wa'maH puq poHmey, wo'rIv batleH ghaj qorDu'Daj. nuja' tlhIngan wIch ja'wI'pu' yIntaHvIS qeylIS'e' lIjlaHbe'bogh vay' batlh 'etlhvam chenmoHlu'pu'.

Worf's bat'telh has been in his family for ten generations. According to Klingon legend, this sword of honor descends from the time of Kahless the Unforgettable.

S9 - qaSDI' nenghep – Age of Ascension

qaSDI' nenghep, qa' patlh chu' chav tlhIngan SuvwI'. poSDaq nIHDaq je QamtaHvIS SuvwI'pu'. chaH jojDaq yItnIS lopwI'. luchovmeH 'oy'naQmey lo'.

The Age of Ascension marks a new level of spiritual attainment by a Klingon warrior. The initiate must pass through a gauntlet of warriors who test him with painsticks.

And, from the Star Trek: The Next Generation third season card series by SkyBox International, Inc.:

S13 - tlhIngan qorDu' potlh – Klingon Family Values

qorDu' lurDechmeyna' pab tlhInganpu'. qorDu' SaHlu'chugh 'ej matlhlu'chugh vaj wa' tlhIngan ghob potlhqu'. tlhIngan qorDu' pong potlh law' Hoch potlh puS.

With strong family traditions, devotion and loyalty to family is one of the most important Klingon virtues. Above all, the Klingon family name is highly valued.

S14 - tlhIngan nISwI' beH – Klingon Disruptor Rifle

nISwI' HIch motlh HoS Hal qengwI' naQ tIq je lurarlu'bogh 'oH tlhIngan nISwI' beH'e'. SuvwI' vI' Dub naQvam 'ej ray' HopDaq bachlu'meH chuqna' ghurmoH naQvam.

The Klingon disruptor rifle is a standard hand held disruptor, attached to an extended power supply stock. This serves to steady the aim of a warrior and increase the effective range for distance targeting.

S15 - tlhIngan may'Duj, qItI'nga' – Klingon Battlecruiser, K'Tinga-Class

wa'DIch tlhIngan Dujmey luleghlu'pu'bogh rur qItI'nga' Duj. tera' vatlh DIS poH cha'maH wej HochHom lo'lu'taH. tera' vatlh DISpoH cha'maH loS bong QongmeH qItI'nga' Duj tI'ang ghompu' DIvI' 'ejDo' 'entepray'.

Similar in configuration to the first Klingon vessels encountered, the K'Tinga-Class remained in use for most of the 23rd century. A sleeper ship of this class, the T'Ong, was encountered in the 24th century by the U.S.S. Enterprise.

And while these cards will surely bring us insights, questions, and much discussion in the months ahead, one issue, the question about how to use the conjunction je with more than two nouns is laid to rest by the copyright notice on all these cards:


™, , je tera' DIS wa'-Hut-Hut-loS Paramount Pictures. Hoch SeH. Paramount Pictures malja' permey bIH Star Trek pong'e' Deghmey'e' je'. bIH lo' SkyBox International Inc. 'e' chaw.

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