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qep’a’ Proverb Contest

In July of 2018 the Klingon Language Institute (KLI) will be hosting the 25th qep’a’.  Klingon speakers have been gathering for a quarter century and the language has developed greatly in that time. 2018 is also the 25th anniversary of the publication of the audiobook Power Klingon by Marc Okrand and Barry Levine.  In that audio book we learn about some special kinds of proverbs. The book tells us of Replacement Proverbs and explains that one uses the proverbs “to replace lost respect with newly earned respect after one has been embarrassed in a public setting.”  Replacement Proverbs “relate to the restoration of credibility.” We also learned about Secrecy Proverbs which are “used in situations where you want to show that you can keep a secret under *any* conditions.” A few years ago, our members were able to help us discover one new Replacement Proverb (jagh yIbuStaH! “Focus on the enemy!”) and one new Secrecy Proverb (‘Iw HIq yap tu’lu’be’. “Sufficient bloodwine does not exist.”).  Now for the 25th anniversary of the Power Klingon audio book and the 25th qep’a’, we are looking for your help to discover more new proverbs.

Full rules can be found here.

The contest is now closed! Thank you for your submissions. 

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