[tlhIngan Hol] potlh De'

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 08:26:23 PDT 2017

kbop title:
> tlhIngan toQDuj Duj De' potlh
> klingon bird of prey general specifications

Isn't here the {Duj} after the {toQDuj} redundant/weird/unnecessary ?
{toQDuj} by itself means "bird of prey vessel"; so why place a {Duj} after
it ?

S13 title:
> tlhIngan qorDu' potlh
> Klingon Family Values

I can't understand how the english translation results from this klingon
sentence. All I get is "something consequential/important of klingon


On Aug 17, 2017 6:10 PM, "Steven Boozer" <sboozer at uchicago.edu> wrote:

Possibly it's military jargon.  It is an odd phrase, but I understand
{potlh De'} as an "announcement" or a flash alert.  (IIRC the message was
about General Koord being taken hostage on Nimbus III. )

Okrand has used {De' potlh} "important data/information" twice AFAIK:

  tlhIngan toQDuj Duj De' potlh
  Klingon Bird of Prey General Specifications  (KBoP title)

  Marc Okrand jIH.  De' potlh vIlab.
  I am Marc Okrand and I bring you an important message. ('U'-MTK)

and the noun {potlh} "consequential thing,  something important" once:

  tlhIngan qorDu' potlh
  Klingon Family Values  (S13 title)

After ST5 came out, {QIn} "message" appeared in KGT and was subsequently
used on the special reissue ST3 DVD case, though I don't know whether
Okrand was involved:

  Qugh la'vaD QIn pav
  [Urgent message for Commander Kruge. (untranslated) ]


-----Original Message-----
From: Lieven

While look at some canon phrases, I stumbled over a phrase from ST5:

{yo'SeH yaHnIvvo' potlh De' wIHevtaH.}
"We are receiving a priority message from Operations Command."

I would have said {De' potlh} "important data" here.
Is this an error, or is it just not much difference between "important
data" and "data about something important"?
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