IPA: jon ] Phoneticjon ]


1. NOT CANON: engineering[?]

word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

plural: This word is probably not countable.


This word does not appear as such in canon. It is derived from another word.

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This word does not appear in canon, but it is used in many other related words.
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Derived and related words

jonpIn engineering officer
jonSeH engine control
jonSeH yaH engineering station
jonta' engine
jonta' pa' eingine room
jonwI' engineer

2. capture
word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
transitive verb: vay' vIjon. = I capture something.


The Klingon Dictionary p. 91
First used in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (see list)


jonHa' release

More Information

The history between the words jon and jonta' is based on a misusage of a Klingon line in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

The original phrase was qama'pu' jonta' neH! I told you: only the engine! Then, the subtitles were added "I wanted prisoners" so Okrand had to adapt the meanings of the syllables to get a new but still legal construction:

Original New meaning
qa-ma'-pu' I have told you qama'-pu' prisoners
jonta' engine jon-ta' have captured
neH only neH want

As a side-kick on the filmmakers, Okrand kept the verb ma' in his dictionary with the meaning "accomodate".

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