Newsgroup message of July 7, 1998

Subject: Re: Marc Okrand--apologies to all.


About the word ghIqtal


Newsgroup: Star Trek Expert Forum
Date: Tue, 7 July 1998


Somebody wrote: [citation needed]
> IIRC, and I usually do, "gik'tal" means "to-the-death" and
> doesn't really exist, Worf made it up.

Patrick Goodman answered:
> Gik'tal (sp?, Klingonists?) does exist, as I understood it; it was
> the ritual that Worf performed with Ens. Seto that he made up.

ghIqtal means "to the death" in an archaic form of Klingon. It survives as an exclamation, something that you'd probably just shout out (or snarl) at the start of or in the throes of battle or a duel.

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