IPA: vaj ]


1. warrior, warriorhood

word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

This word is probably not countable.


Addendum of The Klingon Dictionary p. 185
First used in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (see list)

Canon examples

vaj toDuj Daj ngeHbej DI vI'.
Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, printed in TKW p. 104)

2. thus, in that case, so, accordingly, then
word type: adverbial, TKD chapter 5.4.


The Klingon Dictionary p. 56
First used in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (see list)

More Information

The difference between SuvwI' and vaj is that SuvwI' refers to an actual real warrior, while vaj is used to talk about warriors in general, the concept of a warrior:

vaj refers more to the notion of warriorhood or the idea of being a warrior than it does to an individual warrior. [...]. Thus, Captain Klaa, [...] was not referring to his own courage or that of any specific warrior (which would have been, in all likelihood, SuvwI' toDuj, but rather to the kind of courage embodied in being a warrior. (KGT p. 50)

This word resulted from an error in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. When the same phrase was used twice but with different subtitles, all of the words in that phrase got a new – second – meaning so that the grammar fits the translation.


original version:
vaj toDDujDaj ngeHbej DIvI'.
"That means the Federation will be sending a rescue ship of its own."

adapted version:
vaj toDuj Daj ngeHbej DI vI'.
"Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle."

The originally provided translation of that second phrase can be found in the ST5-notes.

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Latest edit: 04 Oct 2019, by KlingonTeacher
Created: 11 Sep 2019, by KlingonTeacher

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