This set gives a small sampling of the fine art of Klingon cursing. Somebody who cannot curse in Klingon will receive little respect.

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  • Today is a good day to die.

    Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam

    Your mother has a smooth forehead!

    Hab SoSlI' Quch! (Note: this is a powerful insult; don't say it to friends.)

    Hello.

    nuqneH (Roughly, "What do you want?")

    general invective

    baQa'

    general invective (mild)

    ghay'cha'

    general invective (strong)

    ghuy'cha'

    an insult, as in a "piece of baktag"

    baktag

    coward

    bIHnuch

    Animal! (epithet)

    Ha'DIbaH

    Slime (insult)

    HuH

    Damn (as in english)

    Hu'tegh

    useless, garbage (insult)

    petaQ

    "he doesn't eat gagh" (dismissive, mild)

    qagh Sopbe'

    small animal (a harmless thing trying to look impressive)

    Qa'Hom

    One of the strongest, most foul Klingon expressions; it defies translation

    QI'yaH

    Yes. (answer to yes/no question)

    HIja' or HISlaH

    No. (answer to yes/no question)

    ghobe'

    Yes, OK, I'll do it.

    lu' or luq

    No, don't, I won't.

    Qo'

    What's happening?

    qaStaH nuq?

    Huh?

    nuqjatlh?

    I understand.

    jIyaj

    I don't understand.

    jIyajbe'

    Good! (expression of satisfaction)

    maj

    Well done!

    majQa'

    Where is the bathroom?

    nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e'

    Come in

    yI'el (to more than one person: pe'el)

    Come here.

    HIghoS

    Go away.

    naDevvo' yIghoS (to more than one person: naDevvo' peghoS)

    Open the door!

    lojmIt yIpoSmoH! (See note if you think something is missing here.)

    Don't be silly.

    yIDoghQo' (to more than one person: peDoghQo')

    Happy birthday.

    qoSlIj DatIvjaj (to more than one person: qoSraj botIvjaj)

    What time is it?

    'arlogh Qoylu'pu'? (Literally, "How many times has it [presumably some traditional hour alarm] been heard?")

    Shut up!

    bIjatlh 'e' yImev (to more than one person: Sujatlh 'e' yImev)

    That's great news!

    buy' ngop (Literally, "The plates are full")

    We are Klingons!

    tlhIngan maH!

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