S betleH
bet.leh ] / [ bet.leh ]
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type of hand weapon, bat'leth

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word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

plural: betleHmey


Addendum of The Klingon Dictionary p. 181

Canon examples

bImejDI' reH betleHlIj yItlhap.
Never leave without your bat'telh. (TKW p. 79)

More Information

According to Klingon tradition, the first bat'leth was forged by Kahless [...]. Kahless created the name betleH, meaning "sword of honor." The word betleH is actually an archaic form. In contemporary Klingon, "sword of honor" would be batlh 'etlh, though this phrase is used almost exclusively as a translation or explanation of the older word, betleH. (KGT p 59)

History of the word

  1. First there was the English word "sword of honor"
  2. Translated correctly from the TKD as batlh 'etlh for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Reunion"
  3. Wrong written in the script as bat'telh
  4. Pronounced even worse by actors as "bat-leth"
  5. Adapted as betleH by Marc Okrand in the addendum of TKD
  6. In KGT betleH is described as an ancient version of batlh 'etlh. English spelling bat'leth. (KGT)

Marc Okrand explained this same story with more words in his message to the Usenet group of October 20, 1998.

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