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Re: petaQ or P'Tahk

On Mon, 27 Jan 1997, I wrote:

|On Mon, 27 Jan 1997, KATIE MONCELSI wrote:
||Can somebody tell me  if there is any difference between petaQ and
||P'Tahk. I know petaQ is a curse but in "Faces" the Klingon B'Elanna
||calls her human counterpart P'Tahk I was wondering if this was supposed
||to be petaQ.
|Same word, different transcription. It's also been spelled: pahtk (The
|Defector, Rightful Heir), p'tak (Aquiel, First Born, Shattered Mirror,
|Sword of Kahless, Bar Association), patahk (Sins of the Father), pahtak
|(Reunion, House of Quark), pah-tak (The Chase [script]) and, just possibly,
|baktag (Redemption II). 

Oops, almost forgot. Here's what Paramount's ST:Continuum, The Klingon
Database on MSN has to say:

Common Klingonese cursing epithet. Used by Admiral Jarok as a slur against
Worf. Also used by the Klingon servant Tumek to describe rival D'Ghor and
by Morka for the Romulans in Quark's Bar on Deep Space Nine. B'Elanna
Torres used this familiar Klingon epithet on her human double.  Also
spelled "pahtak." (Reference: The Defector) 

-- Voragh

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