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Qapla' written in pIqaD.

Alternative forms[edit]


From Klingon Qapla' (success).


  • English: IPA(key): /kɑˈplɑʔ/, IPA(key): /kæpˈlæʔ/
  • Klingon: IPA(key): /q͡χɑpʰˈlɑʔ/ (vanishingly rare in English-language contexts)



  1. A phrase said to wish fortune on someone, particularly fortune in some form of honourable battle.
    • 1985, Marc Okrand, The Klingon Dictionary, Pocket Books, →ISBN, pages 103, 155:
      success (n) Qapla'
    • 1996, Marc Okrand, The Klingon Way: A Warrior's Guide, Pocket Books, →ISBN, page x:
      It is hoped that this report . . . will help lead to the reconciliation of the two governments. Qapla'.
    • 1997, Marc Okrand, Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, Pocket Books,, →ISBN, page 5:
      Maltz, we are honored to still be your students. Qapla'.
    • 2000, Brian Proffitt, Add Red Hat Linux 7 to your Windows desktop in a weekend, Prima Tech,, →ISBN, page 133:
    • 2000, Jacqueline Guest, Rookie Season, James Lorimer & Company,, →ISBN, page 5:
      Tina shrugged her shoulders, nodding helplessly. She was beat. “Qapla!” she said, grinning back at Leigh. / “Success!” Leigh laughed, translating the word from the alien Klingon language []
    • 2003, L. A. Graf et al., Day Of Honor: The bestselling Klingon™ saga—complete in one volume!:
      “Well, in that case, good luck and—er—Qapla'.”
    • 2004, Jacqueline Guest, Racing Fear, James Lorimer & Company, →ISBN, 5:
      Thank you for all the years of patiently being there, especially on those dark and stormy nights when things detonated unexpectedly and I needed rescuing yet again. Qapla'!
    • 2004, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Pam Brady, Team America: World Police, Paramount Pictures
      Sean Penn: Qapla’!
    • 2005 October 19-21, Andrew Chalmers, “Hurd is where I hide.”, AUUGN 2005: Conference Proceedings, Sydney, page 145:
      Go forth and hack, Qapla!
    • 2009, Greg Cox, The 4400: Welcome to Promise City, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 187:
      Unable to resist a sudden temptation, he threw out his arm in a Klingon salute. / “Qapla’!” / He vanished into the photo on his phone.