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From the book jacket
Finally, a comprehensive sourcebook for Klingon language and syntax! The only one of its kind, this dictionary includes fundamental grammar rules, words, and expressions that illustrate the nature of the complex Klingon culture, as well as:
  • A precise pronunciation guide
  • Commands in Clipped Klingon
  • Proper use of affixes and suffixes
  • Conjunctions, exclamations and superlatives
  • Simple and complex sentence structure
Plus: The Klingon translation and pronunciation of representative phrases like "Always trust your instincts", "Activate the transport beam", and "Surrender or die!"

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.


  • Introduction
  • The Sounds of Klingon
  • Grammatical Sketch – Introduction
  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Other Kinds of Words
  • Syntax
  • Clipped Klingon
  • Dictionary
  • Introductory Remarks
  • Klingon-English
  • English-Klingon
  • Klingon affixes
  • English index to Klingon affixes
  • Appendix: A Selected List of Useful Klingon Expressions

Background information

The book as seen in The Big Bang Theory

  • Writer/Producer Ronald D. Moore, generally referred to by his colleagues as "the Klingon guy" for his further development of the Klingons and their culture in Star Trek: The Next Generation, has commented, "Marc Okrand’s Klingon Dictionary sits on my desk. But I use it very infrequently. To be honest, Marc baffles me. I’m not a linguist. I failed languages. Rules of grammar and syntax just put me away. So I just make it up and make it sound as cool as I can". (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ?))
  • A single internationally released edition is known to exist, the with sixty pages expanded, 1998 Italian-language Il dizionario Klingon, published by Fanucci Editore.
  • The second, updated version of the book has made a live-action production appearance as an interaction with a Star Trek parody and pop culture production. In the television sitcom The Big Bang Theory (Season 2 Episode 7: "The Panty Piñata Polarization"), the four male principal characters were seen playing a game of Klingon Boggle, the book appropriately at hand for reference.
  • The three Klingons on the cover of the second edition are Kruge and two of his officers.

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