How Do I say: Picture?

For a very long time, there was no word for "picture" or "image" of any kind, so this was a serious question. People started "creating" their suggestions using verbs like cha' display, show and found words like cha'wI' thing which does display something. It's clear that this was not very satisfying.

With the publication of Klingon for the Galactic Traveler in 1997, the community was happy with the word nagh beQ, literally flat stone, which was some kind of artwork on a stone panel. (1) Most people used it where possible (also in the translation progress of Facebook and Google), but it still was not so satisfying since its description as an artwork was not clear about the use for photographs or any other symbols.

After being asked by students of the qepHom Saarbrücken in 2009, Okrand talked to Maltz and said the following: (2)
At first, Maltz wondered why nagh beQ wasn't good enough. But then he thought about it some more and said that another word, mIllogh, could be used for any sort of depiction, including drawings, photographs, cartoons, icons on 21st-century computers, and so on.

This makes the question about the use quite clear now. New words for talking about other kinds of art were created for the Pittsburgh Art tour and revealed at qepHom 2016.

See also


1 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, p. 80 "usually a stone panel or nagh beQ, a term that has been extended to mean [...] similar pieces, including paintings."

2 : Message from Maltz 15 Nov 2010, on

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