This article is using Klingon symbols known as pIqaD. It is possible that some devices do not display them correctly.
A clock using Klingon digits:
The word pIqaD
refers to the klingon letters. According to The Klingon Dictionary
, it is a "native writing system for Klingon" and "is not yet well understood"
. Meanwhile, it has become the name for a specific set of used Klingon letters. Many Klingonists
use the name pIqaD
to refer to an arbitrary correlation of Klingon style symbols fitting to the alphabet
used in The Klingon Dictionary
First known evidence of pIqaD, 1989
received these symbols shortly after they were sent to a Klingon fan group "Mortas Te Kaase" from an unnamed Paramount
source in 1989
The Mortas-Te-Kaase document starts with some acknowledgments: "Thanks to Doug Drexler and Michael Okuda for the Klingon Alphanumerics". The document itself was created by Thomas Scheuer
, the copyright notice also says
"© - 1989 T.S."
. It is not clear who did exactly what here, the story behind this set of symbols is obscure by intent.
This is the set created and used by the KLI:
In a thesis written by Yens Wahlgren
, Marc Okrand commented pIqaD
in this way
The mapping is very cleverly done... I think it is great, it makes it so you can write the language... I wish I could read it, when I get something written in pIqaD I'm able to very slowly figure it out... I am glad someone really is doing it and has decided that it is an alphabet and not a syllabary. Now we know, cause Michael Okuda and I didn't know that.
Through the years, this "KLI pIqaD" has been used by many people in many non-canon publications, and it even has been used in several canon sources
. Marc Okrand
brought the galleys of the Haynes manual
in Chicago in order to ask a few people who could read it well to look over the pIqaD
. One may qualify that as accepted by Okrand.
Non-canon printed usage
Usage on computers
See main article fonts
and also How to write pIqaD in this wiki
Resemblance to the latin alphabet
Some Klingonists do not like the fact that several symbols resemble their Terran counterpart quite well, such as D
) looks like a greek delta, l
) looks like L, but even more that the apostrophe
really looks like an apostrophe: z
. From a Klingon point of view, the apostrophe is treated as a single letter, so it could be any kind of symbol.
With some of the fonts, q
are very hard to distinguish: compare k
. This can sometimes also happen with ng
) but these are easier to distinguish due to the Klingon phonology
, as one is a consonant, the latter is a vowel.