In the Next Generation episode Reunion, prior to a new chancellor of the Klingon Empire being chosen, a ritual is performed to confirm the previous chancellor is dead.

First the arbiter of succession says the phrase "Qab jiH nagil!" before stabbing the deceased chancellor with a device called a painstick, then the two (if not more) contenders do the same, one after the other.

Can anyone say what "Qab jiH nagil!" is supposed to mean?

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    You could google that phrase and find out it means "Face me if you dare!" in under 10 seconds... Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 3:48
  • @KeithMorrison- I tried that- only the first time I forgot the exclamation point and didn't get results.
    – Nu'Daq
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 3:56

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From the original screenplay;

Both parties look expectantly at Picard. K'Ehleyr hands the painstik to Picard. He moves forward and stands before K'mpec's corpse.

PICARD: Qab... jIH... nagil (Face me if you dare!)

He places the end of the painstik on K'mpec's chest and there is an ELECTRIC BUZZ as the stick discharges.

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