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Re: Can anyone answer my question?

Quvar writes:
> From ST5: The klingons are speaking about what is gonna happen, after 
> they captured kirk.
>{vaj toDDujDaj ngeHbej DIvI'} "So the Federation will certainly send their 
>Unfortunately, the movie-makers (how should I call it??) made a mistake, 
>and used that phrase twice. Now Okrand had to re-phrase it, and it became 
>{vaj toDuj Daj ngeHbej DI vI'} "Shooting space garbage is no test of a 
>warrior's mettle."

Here's the line Okrand originally intended Klaa to say, as published in 
HolQeD 8.4:

   logh veQDaq bachchugh, yoH 'e' toblaHbe' SuvwI'.
   Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle.
   ("If he shoots at space garbage, a warrior cannot prove [test conclusively]
     that he is brave.)

BTW, this indicates that what you're shooting at is marked with 
{-Daq}.  I.e. one "shoots at" a target or {DoSDaq bach}.  A line from TKW:

   pe'vIl mu'qaDmey tIbach
   Curse well!
   (lit. "Shoot curses forcefully!")

shows that what is shot - i.e. the projectile - is the direct object of 
{bach}.  Okrand even explains this a bit in the commentary:

   Curses are considered a weapon of a sort which must be propelled
   to their targets.  (TKW p.148)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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